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 McCaulHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike House Republican urges Pompeo to take steps to limit misinformation from China on coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Facebook reports huge spike in usage during pandemic | Democrats push for mail-in voting funds in coronavirus stimulus | Trump delays deadline to acquire REAL ID MORE (R-Texas), House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneySelf-quarantined New York lawmaker: 'We should be in total lockdown' On The Money: Trump hopes to reopen economy by Easter | GOP senators expect stimulus vote on Wednesday | Democratic leaders forecast at least two more relief bills Trump triggers congressional debate with comments on reopening economy MORE (R-Wyo.), and Reps. Ted YohoTheodore (Ted) Scott YohoGOP lawmaker introduces bipartisan guest worker bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump on US coronavirus risks: 'We're very, very ready for this' House passes historic legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE (R-Fla.), Michael Turner (R-Ohio) and Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherWe weren't ready for a pandemic — imagine a crippling cyberattack House Republican urges Pompeo to take steps to limit misinformation from China on coronavirus Twitter comes under fire over Chinese disinformation on coronavirus 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.

“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.