Pompeo has accused China of putting pressure on the UK through Huawei
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Chinese authorities of putting pressure on Britain through the Huawei and HSBC Bank.
He noted that Huawei, based in Shenzhen, is a "continuation of the state intelligence service of the Communist party of China."
The state Secretary recalled that last week the General Director of the Asia-Pacific of HSBC, Peter Wong, member of the Chinese people's political consultative conference signed a petition in support of the "disastrous decision of China to destroy the autonomy of Hong Kong and violate the commitments undertaken in the UN was the contract." "This demonstration of loyalty, apparently, brought HSBC little respect in Beijing, which continues to use the Bank's business in China as a political lever against London," - said Pompeo.
According to him, Australia, Denmark, and "other free countries" also recently faced pressure from the CCP.
"Aggressive behavior of Beijing shows why the country needs to avoid excessive economic dependence on China and to protect its critical infrastructure from the effects of the CPC", - concluded the Secretary of state.
He also assured that the U.S. is ready to help UK with any questions, ranging from the construction of "safe and reliable nuclear power plants to develop robust solutions to 5G, which protect the privacy of its citizens."