Rep. Jim Banks Introduces House Bill Banning Intelligence Sharing With Countries Using Huawei
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced a bill today that would prohibit the United States from sharing intelligence with countries that allow Huawei to operate their 5G networks. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) joins an original co-sponsor.
The bill is the House companion version to legislation introduced in the Senate by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Jan. 8, 2020.
“Huawei is a Trojan Horse for the Chinese Communist Party to spy on and infiltrate other nations. Our allies must choose: Adopt Huawei and lose access to U.S. intelligence, or remain our trusted partner,” said Rep. Banks.
The U.S. placed Huawei on a Commerce Department blacklist back in May 2019 in an attempt to strip the company of its influence in the United States.
Experts have been concerned Huawei poses a risk to American national security due to its links to the Chinese Communist Party and the use of the equipment for spying in places like Africa. The United Kingdom is expected to make a final call on how to deploy Huawei equipment in its future 5G networks this month.