The rules are due to human rights abuses, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
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"The state department will impose visa restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies like
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Pompeo called Huawei "an arm of the CCP's surveillance state that censors political dissidents and enables mass internment camps in Xinjiang and the indentured servitude of its population." Any carriers worldwide that use Huawei's equipment "are doing business with human rights abusers," Pompeo added.
The decision relies on Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which says visitors are inadmissible to the US if the Secretary of State has reason to believe their entry "would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States."
Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Speaking on the UK's decision earlier this week to ban Huawei from its 5G networks, Pompeo said it wasn't influenced by US sanctions. "They did this because their security teams came to the same conclusion that ours have ... that this information that transits across these untrusted networks that are of Chinese origin will almost certainly end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."
"We hope to have a set of decisions shortly," he said. "Whether it's TikTok or any of the other Chinese communications platforms, apps, infrastructure, this administration has taken seriously the requirement to protect the American people from having their information end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."