Sen. Rick Scott Warns UK: Allowing Communist China in Your Networks is a Mistake

January 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, ahead of the United Kingdom’s decision to allow Huawei, a China-based company backed by the Communist Party of China, to build part of its 5G infrastructure, Senator Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner warning the U.K. about the extreme risks associated with this decision.

In the op-ed, Senator Rick Scott wrote, “…Johnson and other U.K. leaders must be extremely careful when it comes to the threat of communist China and the implications for the United States’ relationship with the U.K.

Put simply, the U.K. allowing Huawei to gain a foothold would be a grave mistake.

Huawei is a bad actor across the globe. It’s a company that aids the communist regime in Beijing, which continues to violate human rights, steal our data, technology, and intellectual property, and build up their military to compete with us and other freedom-loving countries.

Countries that do business with Huawei eliminate their citizens’ and their country’s privacy rights.

Huawei and the Chinese Communist Party are one and the same. We can’t forget that.

If the U.S. is going to consider a trade agreement with the U.K., it is imperative that Huawei is recognized as a threat to our national security partnership. The U.S. must put any trade deal with the U.K. on hold until Johnson commits to take swift action to ensure Huawei will not be used in their transition to 5G networks. This is for the security of both the U.S. and the U.K.…”

Read the full op-ed in the Washington Examiner HERE.