Rhetoric heated up over the weekend about the US use of Chinese networking equipment, with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday reportedly warning it would be akin to "choosing autocracy over democracy."
"It is about putting the state police in the pocket of every consumer in these countries, because of the Chinese way," Pelosi said during a press conference at the Munich Security Conference, according to CNBC.
"And so, you ask about an alternative, and what I said a couple of days ago and yesterday, is that it should not be a sinofication of the information highway but an internationalization of it," she reportedly added at the Sunday press conference.
Pelosi is part of a bipartisan delegation at the Munich conference voicing concern about Huawei. In speeches there, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described Huawei and other tech companies backed by China as "Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence" and Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Beijing is carrying out a "nefarious strategy" via Huauei, according to CNBC.
China Foreign Minister Wang Yi shot back at the conference, reportedly saying US criticisms of Beijing were "lies" not based on facts.
"The root cause of all these problems and issues is that the US does not want to see rapid development and rejuvenation of China, still less would they want to accept the success of a socialist country, but that is not fair, China has the right to develop," Wang said, according to another CNBC report.
The US has also continued to pressure allies to block the company for their next-generation
wireless networks. However, January saw UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving the company approval to build non-core parts of the country's 5G infrastructure.
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