U.S. warns Brazil about “potential role” of telecom giant Huawei in 5G


According to White House officials, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said during a trip to the country last week about Huawei’s “potential role” in the 5G network in Brazil. Warned.

“We continue to be concerned about Huawei’s potential role in Brazil’s communications infrastructure,” Juan Gonzalez, senior director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, said in a conference call.

He added that Chinese telecommunications giants on the US export blacklist are facing difficulties over semiconductor supply chains, which will leave international customers “highly dry.” ..

Gonzales said Brazil has not yet “promised” to keep Chinese products out of the 5G network, adding that Washington has urged the country to build its own industry.

Brazil joins US initiative Clean network Members can only use trusted vendors on the 5G network and exclude untrusted 5G suppliers such as Huawei and ZTE.

Former President Donald Trump blacklisted Huawei in 2019 for military ties with the Chinese administration, which means it can work with Chinese security agencies under the direction of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Trump has developed several clean network strategies to ban companies from accessing major US hardware and software for national security reasons.

US sanctions have hit Huawei’s ability to design chips and procure components from external suppliers.

Recent warnings continued the previous move initiated by the Trump administration to persuade allies to protect the nation’s important data and networks from the Chinese administration.

However, Brazilian local carriers are deeply embedded in Chinese components.

China also urged Brazil to use “vacuum access” to overturn past decisions to exclude Huawei from 5G networks, according to a Latin American study at the U.S. Army War University Strategic Institute. Research professor Evan Ellis said. USCC hearing May 19th.

Huawei announced in February 2020 that it had signed 91 commercial 5G contracts outside of China.

Meanwhile, Gonzales denied reports that the United States had adopted the partnership between Brazil and NATO as a condition of the former cooperation on Huawei’s 5G device issue, saying the two were not related.

“We support Brazil’s desire to be a NATO global partner as a way to deepen security cooperation between Brazil and NATO countries in the long run,” said Gonzales.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Rita Lee

Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to China. She started writing the Chinese version in 2018.