The US Government is planning on enforcing a visa restriction on employees of Huawei and other Chinese companies that are based around technology. This move arrives just a while after the UK banned Huawei from its 5G infrastructure and adds to the pressure the Chinese tech giant is facing from the west.
Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, said that his department will target the employed of Huawei and other Chinese firms that the official claims are responsible for human rights abuses in its home country and abroad. The allegations are quite serious and are likely influenced by its negative stance against the Chinese government.
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The Secretary of State told reporters that “The UK joins the United States and now many other democracies becoming nations free of untrusted 5G vendors. The United States has a Huawei announcement of our own today. The State Department will impose visa restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies like Huawei that provide material support to regimes engaging in human rights violations and abuses globally.”
Notably, this statement arrives just a day after US President Donald Trump signed the Hong Kong Autonomy Act and an executive order, which removes the preferential trade status of the city. This follows after what Pompeo considers to be an undermining of Hong Kong’s autonomy by China, which warranted this policy response.
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