Washington: It is reported as per a tweet by the US Secretary Mike Pompeo that the US State Department has imposed visa restrictions on certain employees of a Chinese technology company like Huawei that provides material support to regimes engaged in human rights violations and abuses globally. In order to protect the US citizen’s data from Beijing, the government has decided to impose the visa restriction. Previously the British PM Boris Johnson had ordered that the Huawei equipment would be excluded completely from Britain by 2027.
Earlier, when the media questioned Pompeo regarding the Chinese app TikTok he said that the administration is taking necessary steps to protect its citizen data from the Chinese Communist Party. Not only apps but also Chinese infrastructure and communication platforms are also taken into consideration. Pompeo claimed that Huawei was an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state that censored political dissidents and enables mass internment camps in Xinjiang and the indentured servitude of its population shipped all over China.
Meanwhile, the claims made by Pompeo were rejected by Huawei claiming that the country wants to frustrate its growth because no U.S. company offered the same technology at a competitive price. The company operates independently of the Chinese government and is a private employee-owned firm said a spokesperson from Huawei. The step by the government has highly disappointed the company.
Due to the global pandemic, there is a tense relationship between the two countries. Other issues include China’s military buildup in the South China Sea, its treatment of Uighur Muslims, and Beijing’s massive trade surpluses.
The announcement by Pompeo comes immediately after the order by President Donald Trump on Tuesday who ordered an end to Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law to punish Beijing for oppressive actions against the former British colony. At the end of the press conference, Pompeo said that he would be on a short trip to Britain and Denmark on Monday to discuss Huawei.