Won’t allow Chinese tech giant Huawei in US: Trump

Washington, August 2

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said his administration would not allow Huawei, the Chinese technology giant, inside the country as it is related to the national security.

“We’re not allowing Huawei into our country. We have not changed on that,” Trump told reporters responding to a question.

“We can do business for non-security things with Huawei because that’s—we’ll do that. But anything having to do with the national security, we’re not dealing with Huawei,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden sent a letter, urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to update the State Department’s travel advisories to alert US citizens travelling to countries that use Chinese surveillance and monitoring systems.

They urged Pompeo to tell people about the threat they faced through the use of Chinese technologies like “smart city” and “safe city” systems.

“The Chinese government is exporting advanced surveillance and monitoring systems as part of a broad effort to spread its authoritarian model abroad and influence foreign countries,” they said. 

Chinese companies like Huawei and China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation are selling, loaning, or transferring to foreign governments so-called “smart city” and “safe city” systems—a broad array of surveillance and monitoring technologies, including cameras, facial recognition along with artificial intelligence and cloud systems, that could be used to track and monitor individuals, the Senators said in the letter.

According to The New York Times, more than 18 countries now use Chinese intelligent monitoring systems. PTI