The United States and Poland could close a 5G technology deal during Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Warsaw tomorrow, Sept. 1.
Pence, who is traveling with his wife, will visit the European country on behalf of President Donald Trump who decided to stay in the United States because of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.
A senior White House official explained, according to VOA, that one of the issues to be addressed during the visit will be cybersecurity in the context of the new 5G technology.
The Trump administration is deeply concerned about the close ties between Huawei, among other Chinese technology companies, and Beijing’s communist totalitarian regime.
In fact, a national emergency was declared because of the security risk posed by the technology company Huawei and banned it from doing business with national companies in May, although this veto has not yet entered into force.
Huawei has been charged with theft of intellectual property, industrial espionage, spying on its customers, and violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
An agreement between Washington and Warsaw would seek to protect networks from unauthorized access and interference from telecommunications suppliers controlled by “adversary nations,” the official said, according to VOA.
“Important steps are being taken, some of which we may be able to announce in the next day or two, to develop a common approach to a 5G network security between our two countries to ensure a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem,” the official said.
Mike Pence’s visit to Poland is part of a tour that will also include Ireland, Iceland, and Great Britain coinciding with the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.
Huawei in the spotlight
Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, said Huawei is a tool of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and a danger to the world’s industrial democracies.
Bannon told CNBC that the industrial democracies are facing an economic war that the CCP has waged for about 20 years ago.
This war is divided into parts, said Bannon, “There is financial war, technological war, and military war.”
Bannon asserts that Huawei is part of the Chinese army and “a dirty bomb inside industrial democracies,” although he thinks that more and more people are waking up to this reality.
Recently the Australian government, which has vetoed the Chinese company’s national 5G network, urged the United Kingdom to prohibit the technology giant from participating in the construction of its new ultra-fast mobile networks, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
In this regard, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned last month that the United States might not be able to share all its intelligence with Britain if it cannot trust Britain’s network, adding that “This is just what China wants—to divide Western alliances.”
British Conservative MP Dominic Grieve wrote an opinion piece in The Telegraph warning that Australia would probably share U.S. concerns about the security of intelligence exchanges if Britain uses Huawei equipment.
And it is not just Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications provider ZTE has also been involved in data theft.
In October 2018, Brussels authorities arrested an official from the Chinese Ministry of State Security for attempted theft of secret aviation data from U.S. defense contractors.