U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has warned the U.S. allies against doing business with Huawei, a telecom giant in China, calling on them to work with the United States in developing 5G wireless networks.
Her warning come after U.S. Justice Department brought new charges against Huawei, accusing the Chinese company of racketeering and plotting to steal trade secrets from U.S. businesses, according to CNBC.
During a speech at the Munich Security Conference on Friday (Jan. 21), Pelosi described that: “This is the most insidious form of aggression, to have that line of communication, 5G, dominated by an autocratic government that does not share our values.”
“If you want to build a collective conscience of values and respect for human rights and the rest, don’t go near Huawei, and instead, let’s internationalize and build something together that will be about freedom of information,” she added.
The United States has worked to isolate Huawei from developing a larger foothold in U.S. partner countries since the Trump administration. During his presidency, the administration has sought to prevent the “five eyes” intelligence-sharing group, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, from working with the Chinese tech giant.
U.S. officials have expressed their concerns about China’s intellectual property theft which has cost the U.S. economy thousands of jobs and threatened national security.
In her speech, Pelosi also expressed her hard stance against China.
“I’ve been tracking China for 30 years on trade, intellectual property and the rest of it, and I tell you unequivocally, without any hesitation: Be very careful … unless you want to end up with a society like China or an economy like China, which is not in the free enterprise mode,” she said.
The speaker reiterated that other countries need to work with the U.S. on 5G mobile network development.
In 2018, the Pentagon during the Trump administration halted sales of Huawei and ZTE mobile phones and modems on military bases around the world, citing potential security risks.