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ICYMI: Rubio: Huawei Threatens Latin America’s Independence

Feb 29, 2024 | Comunicados de Prensa

Huawei Threatens Latin America’s Independence

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

February 29, 2024

Medium

…[G]overnments in Latin America and the Caribbean courting Huawei should beware: the Chinese telecom giant is a criminal.

I’ve been making this case since 2018, when Huawei was using its budget-priced 5G technology to establish ties with the United States…. Beijing[’s]…goal was to make a Chinese company ruled by the Chinese state the dominant player in the global wireless market, and thereby to make every major country and company on Earth dependent on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for telecom….

This would have given Beijing incalculable leverage to exploit and coerce foreign policymakers and businesspeople….

[I]n the years since, Huawei has lowered its profile…and set its sights on countries in our hemisphere…. Today, at least seven countries in our region—Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador—are using or planning to use Huawei technology in their national 5G networks. Huawei has also set up shop in Paraguay….

Open the door one inch, and this company will be able to manipulate your entire network—it’s just how the technology works. And take it from the United States, which worked with Huawei only briefly and exposed itself to high-level security threats y attacks on six domestic companies as a result, that it’s too dangerous to handle.

There’s an urgent need for other 5G suppliers…to be made available in Latin America…. In all of this, the deal the United States offered to the United Kingdom when it was considering a Huawei partnership should remain on the table for other U.S. allies and partners: reject this company, and we will help you improve your telecom network….

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