US to PHL: America may not operate in some areas where Huawei is present

United States Secretary Michael R. Pompeo has expressed that the US government may not be able to operate in some environments where Huawei technology is present.

“We believe that competition, whether it’s in 5G or some other technology, ought to be open, free, transparent. And we worry that Huawei is not that,” Pompeo said during a joint briefing with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin on March 1 when asked regarding Philippines’ use of Huawei 5G technology .

“Our task has been to share with the world the risks associated with that technology – the risks to the Philippine people, the risk to Philippine security, the risk that America may not be able to operate in certain environments if there is Huawei technology adjacent to that,” he added.

However, he noted that every nation will make their own sovereign decision about how to proceed.

“That’s appropriate, that’s the right way to go. But we want to make sure that the world has their eyes wide open as to the risks of having that technology be part of the infrastructure or backbone or networks that are transiting communications inside of the country, and in fact, here and around the world transiting that information internationally as well,” he said.