For Immediate Release: February 12, 2019
Press Contact: Regan Page at [email protected]
Former House Intelligence Committee Expert: “Huawei and ZTE Have No Place in Our Networks”
Washington, D.C. — Today, Andy Keiser, former senior adviser to the House Intelligence Committee and fellow at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, delivers a clear-as-day message in an op-ed for Morning Consult: Huawei and ZTE have no place in our networks. Despite the massive national security threats these telcom giants pose, T-Mobile, Sprint, and their parent companies refuse to commit to the American public not to use the Chinese companies in building 5G infrastructure if allowed to merge.
The full op-ed, published in the Morning Consult, is available HERE; key excerpts follow.
- Many Western government political and security officials have correctly identified Huawei and ZTE as tools of the Communist Chinese government and extensions of their military and intelligence services. As such, it is finally time for a whole of government approach here in the United States to aggressively counter the threat posed by Huawei and ZTE.
- Just a dozen years ago, Huawei was a backwater company with lousy gear that was not a marketplace threat to Western telecommunications suppliers. But through market distortion, rampant theft of intellectual property, seemingly endless lines of credit from the Chinese government, corrupt business dealings and legitimate investments into their own research and development, Huawei is now the world’s largest telecommunications infrastructure provider and the second largest producer of smart phones.
- Additionally, in my view, the U.S. government should use every opportunity it has in dealing with any country or company with an interest in Huawei or ZTE to push back. We should take advantage of every leverage point we have to challenge Chinese telecommunications dominance.
- If a foreign-based company with Huawei equities wants to merge or acquire a U.S. company, condition approval in part on divestment of all Chinese telecommunications components.
- Now is the time for Western-valued countries and companies to lock arms and realize staying on the current path means the only option to run the backbone of the highly-connected, digital global economy of the not-so-distant future could be a Chinese one. If the U.S. government doesn’t harness every point of leverage it has to squeeze out Chinese telecommunications, that future may be unavoidable.
For all of those who care about freedom, human rights, and America’s place in the world, standing up against the national security threat posed by Huawei and ZTE is a fight worth having.
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