GOP lawmakers introduce resolution denouncing UK's Huawei decision

GOP lawmakers introduce resolution denouncing UK's Huawei decision
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A group of House Republicans introduced a resolution on Monday that denounces the British government's decision to permit Chinese telecom giant Huawei to build part of the country’s 5G network, arguing the move could pose a threat to national security.

The measure — led by House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulHouse passes legislation to crack down on business with companies that utilize China's forced labor House Republicans blame Chinese cover-up for coronavirus pandemic Engel subpoenas US global media chief Michael Pack MORE (R-Texas), House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Graham vows GOP will accept election results after Trump comments Liz Cheney promises peaceful transfer of power: 'Fundamental to the survival of our Republic' MORE (R-Wyo.), and Reps. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoKat Cammack wins Florida GOP primary in bid for Ted Yoho's seat The Hill's Convention Report: Democrats gear up for Day Two of convention Eyes turn to Ocasio-Cortez as she seeks to boost Biden MORE (R-Fla.), Michael Turner (R-Ohio) and Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherGovernment watchdog recommends creation of White House cyber director position Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations Lawmakers introduce bill designating billion to secure state and local IT systems MORE (R-Wis.) — says that capping Huawei’s market share at 35 percent does not go far enough to ensure the network is secure, noting that there isn’t a way to isolate equipment made by Huawei, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), from other more sensitive parts of the network.

“Huawei equipment is absolute poison – providing them access to any aspect of a 5G network compromises the integrity of the entire system and will result in network data being sent back to Communist Party leaders in Beijing,” the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

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“Investing in Huawei technology only serves to fund the regime’s malign activity at home and across the globe- from their internment of ethnic minorities in western China to spying on and stealing from Americans,” they added.

The group went on to say the decision could strain relations between the U.S. and the U.K., calling on Britain to walk back its decision.

“Our special relationship with the UK is built on our shared commitment to freedom and security. The CCP – and by extension Huawei – is an affront to these core democratic principles,” they continued.

“We hope the UK will reverse course on this consequential decision and work with us to build a 5G future that will not only protect our mutual interests but will safeguard the values we share.”

The resolution comes after Britain announced last week its plans to move forward with its decision to utilize Huawei despite heavy lobbying from the United States to forgo using the telecommunications company, citing concerns over increased security risks.