US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans in China for rights abuses

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on Chinese technology giant Huawei employees and other Chinese companies that the US determines are helping authoritarian governments crack down on human rights, including in the western Xinjiang province of China. State Secretary Mike Pompeo made the announcement a day after the British Government said it would ban Huawei from its 5 G networks on concerns that China and the Chinese Communist Party could compromise sensitive data.

“Companies impacted by today’s action include Huawei, an arm of the CCP’s surveillance state that censors political dissidents and enables mass internment camps in Xinjiang and the indentured servitude of its population shipped all over China,” he said. “Telecommunications companies around the world should consider themselves on notice: If they are doing business with Huawei, they are doing business with human rights abusers,” Pompeo said in a statement.

The US has also threatened NATO and other allies with intelligence sharing and cooperation curtailments or suspensions should they allow Huawei components or technology into their high-speed networks.