Secretary of state Mike Pompeo Wednesday listed India’s Reliance Jio as among the “clean telcos” of the world and called Chinese companies like Huawei “tools” of the Chinese Communist Party’s “surveillance State”.
“The tide is turning toward trusted 5G vendors and away from Huawei. The world’s leading telecom companies – Telefonica, Orange, Jio, Telstra, and many more-are becoming ‘Clean Telcos’. They are rejecting doing business with tools of the CCP surveillance state, like Huawei,” Pompeo wrote in a tweet.
The secretary of state has been fiercely criticizing the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese government in recent days.
In an earlier tweet, Pompeo said: “The Chinese Communist Party is behaving in ways that fundamentally put the American people’s security at risk. The @realDonaldTrump Administration is the first in decades to take this threat seriously.”
“China’s contributions to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic are paltry compared to the financial and human cost of its cover-up,” he said in another tweet.
Huawei has been called a security threat in some countries and with the 5G telecom network, there is a view in some countries like companies like Chinese companies like Huawei should not be allowed to participate.