Secretary of State Mike Pompeo isn’t messing around with Huawei. On Wednesday, the State Department imposed drastically heavy visa restrictions against “certain employees of Chinese technology companies.” The ones “that provide material support to regimes engaging in human rights abuses globally.” The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses rank among the worst in the world.
Secretary Pompeo targets Huawei
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, “an alien is inadmissible to the United States if the Secretary of State has reason to believe the alien’s entry ‘would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States.'” Chinese communications behemoth Huawei “censors political dissidents.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo knows that they also build back door security holes into their products.
China is infamous for their heavy handed electronic surveillance of citizens, especially dissidents, whistleblowers, and troublemakers. Huawei “provides China with the tools enabling the country’s “mass internment camps in Xinjiang and the indentured servitude of its population shipped all over China,” a State Department press release notes. Pompeo is doing something about it. He won’t let Huawei employees into the country anymore.
“Certain Huawei employees,” his department writes, “provide material support” to the Chinese Communist Party. The regime “commits human rights abuses.” They also leak U.S. technology to Iran. Pompeo was joined by the British. “The United Kingdom announced Tuesday that it is banning Huawei from deploying equipment designed to build out Britain’s fifth generation mobile service.” The new 5G technology is controversial enough without getting Chinese spies wrapped up in it’s development.
Nothing Xi can do about it
China’s “president” Xi Jinping, who’s really more of an emperor – after consolidating his power to keep control virtually indefinitely, is steamed about the move. No matter how much he screams, there’s nothing he can do about the “blow” Pompeo delivered to the Chinese tech giant.
Earlier, President Donald Trump set up export controls meant to cut Huawei “off from semiconductors necessary to build out technology.” Particularly 5G tech. Experts are convinced that 5G will take over virtually every consumer product in your home. It lays “the groundwork for the so-called Internet of Things, a form of technology tying virtually all appliances to the internet.” Pompeo is going further by preventing Chinese spies from coming to America and soaking up our secrets like a sponge.
China wants to be able to hack your toaster and your thermostat. That’s why they spent “$24 billion more than the U.S. on wireless communications infrastructure since 2015.” What Pompeo is mostly concerned about is national security. “There are also concerns that Huawei’s close ties to China leave the U.S. open to cyber attacks.”