Washington Post

Huawei's access to 5G could expand China's surveillance state, cyber diplomat warns

The transition to 5G, which is in its earliest stages, will mark a massive development in mobile technology. It will offer far faster download speeds and the ability to run billions more devices on mobile networks, including smart devices such as autonomous vehicles and powerful artificial intelligence systems. Foto: AP

The United States' top cyber diplomat just offered an unusually blunt warning to other nations: Allowing Huawei and other Chinese companies into their next-generation telecommunications networks would allow Beijing to expand its surveillance state around much of the globe.

The argument from Rob Strayer, the State Department's top cyber official, was the most elaborate public case a U.S. official has made against Huawei's inclusion in 5G networks. It follows a months-long pressure campaign by U.S. officials to ban the Chinese telecom giant from 5G in Canada, Britain, Europe and elsewhere...

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