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Politics GOP rep introduces bill to block intelligence sharing with countries using Huawei for 5G

02:07  22 january  2020
02:07  22 january  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Rep . Jim Banks (R-Ind.) introduced a bill on Tuesday aimed at barring the United States from sharing intelligence with any countries that permit Huawei to operate their 5 G networks. “ Huawei is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party to spy on and infiltrate other nations. Our allies must choose

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has introduced a bill that seeks to prohibit U.S. intelligence agencies from sharing information with countries that use Huawei 's 5 G Huawei has always denied allegations that it helps the Chinese government spy on its foreign customers of 5 G networking gear.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) introduced a bill Tuesday aimed at barring the United States from sharing intelligence with any countries that permit Huawei to operate their 5G networks.

a man standing in front of a building: GOP rep introduces bill to block intelligence sharing with countries using Huawei for 5G© Greg Nash GOP rep introduces bill to block intelligence sharing with countries using Huawei for 5G

"Huawei is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party to spy on and infiltrate other nations. Our allies must choose: Adopt Huawei and lose access to U.S. intelligence, or remain our trusted partner," Banks said in a statement.

The legislation comes after the Department of Commerce placed the Chinese telecommunications giant on its blacklist last spring, preventing U.S. firms from working with Huawei without first obtaining a permit.

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"The United States shouldn't be sharing valuable intelligence information with countries that allow an intelligence -gathering arm of Last year, as the Trump administration ramped up its posture against China, the US Commerce Department added Huawei to its "Entity List," barring US companies from

will countries using Huawei lose american intel? US Senator Tom Cotton on Wednesday introduced a bill that would prevent the United States from sharing intelligence with countries that allow Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies to operate 5 G network technology within their

Proponents of the new bill - which include Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) - argue that it's a necessary step to prevent the Chinese government from spying on the country, saying the company poses a risk to U.S. national security.

Cheney, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, also called on the United Kingdom to refrain from doing business with the telecommunications company, arguing it could strain relations between Washington and London.

"Huawei is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and its efforts to infiltrate 5G are nefarious at their core. Allowing Huawei into the U.K.'s 5G networks would pose a national security threat that could not be mitigated or contained. Such a decision would necessarily have negative consequences for the U.S./U.K. relationship in many areas, including trade and intelligence cooperation," she said in a statement in support of the measure.

"I hope that the U.K. unites with the U.S. and other allies against the threat from Huawei," she added. "However, the U.S. must always be prepared to protect its national security interests."

The United Kingdom is expected to announce whether it will use Huawei in its 5G networks in coming weeks.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) recently introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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