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US State Dept official lays out military concerns with its allies using Huawei equipment in 5G

The United States of America will “reassess” any part of a 5G network that has equipment manufactured by Huawei, or any other untrusted vendor, a senior state department official said, when asked UK's use of Huawei equipment would be a “deal breaker”. Huawei has "no choice but to follow the mandate of the Chinese Communist Party,” the official added, adding that the US does not want to provide “potential adversaries” access to people’s data that they would gain insight into, simply because they are also the vendor for the telecom network. This holds especially true for US’ NATO partners, since that communication includes details about troop mobilisation, the official added. The UK has reportedly agreed to allow Huawei in developing “non-core” parts of the country’s 5G network, despite the US warning that using Huawei products in its network would be “nothing short of madness”. The official said that the US is having “very vigorous conversations with the United Kingdom right now”. How will using Huawei equipment affect other countries’ partnership with the US? Earlier this year, US Senator Tom Cotton introduced a bill that proposes to ban intelligence sharing between the US and any country that uses products made by Huawei for their 5G networks. When asked about the proposed legislation, the official said that they haven’t formed an “interagency opinion” on it yet. But the official pointed out that the National Defence Authorisation Act mandates intelligence agencies to assess the cybersecurity quality of the infrastructure of any country that the US would…

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