President Donald Trump's chief technology officer, 5G wireless networks and artificial intelligence markets. Speaking at Web Summit in Lisbon on Thursday, Kratsios noted the danger of countries "opening their arms" to these companies as they upgrade their networking infrastructure., is urging European countries to join the US in "taking a stand" against Chinese companies like as they try to dominate the next-gen
Huawei said last month that it signed to provide 5G equipment, even after Trump it from US networks due to its with the Chinese government.
Kratsios, who became US CTO in August, highlighted an alleged instance of spying.
"In perhaps the most disturbing account of espionage news outlets have reported after Huawei installed communications technology equipment at the headquarters of the African Union, their computer system was hacked and data was transferred to servers in Shanghai, every single night for five years," he said, referring to a 2018 report from Le Monde.
Huawei responded to Kratsios' remarks with a release Thursday saying that the allegations were "hypocritical and manifestly false" and that following the Trump administration's lead would slow Europe down.
Correction 5:35 a.m. PT: This story initially misstated the timing of Kratsios' address. He spoke on Thursday.