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U.S. pressure against Huawei on 5G does not depend on Trump or Biden, says U.S. Under Secretary

Keith Krach celebrated Brazil's decision to sign the Clean Network, a program that is supposed to prevent the Chinese company from participating in the implementation of the new technology

US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Keith Krach
US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Keith Krach, in Brasilia. Photo: Reuters/Adriano Machado
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  • The Under Secretary represents the government of Donald Trump, which refuses to acknowledge the defeat for the Democrat Joe Biden in last week’s election;
  • Krach ensured that the issue has a consensus between the two sides and that a peaceful transition of power is crucial to democracy.

The pressure from the United States to prevent the expansion of Chinese Huawei‘s business when it comes to 5G implementation does not depend on what party rules the White House, the country’s Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Keith Krach, said this Wednesday after meetings in Brasilia.

The Under Secretary represents the government of Donald Trump, which refuses to acknowledge the defeat for the Democrat Joe Biden in last week’s election, although Biden was declared the winner after projections showed that he added the necessary votes at the Electoral College to win the Presidential election.

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He said to Brazilian reporters that the “issue related to the Chinese Communist Party is the most unifying, bipartisan topic for both sides, Republicans and Democrats” and that this will not change with Biden.

Krach ensured that the issue has a consensus between the two sides and that a peaceful transition of power is crucial to democracy – without explicitly mentioning the results of the American elections or the President-elect Joe Biden.

Under Trump’s administration, the U.S. government began to put more pressure on Brazil to prevent the Chinese company from supplying 5G equipment to the country’s telecommunications carriers, even though they already use Huawei’s infrastructure for a series of operations, including new mobile technology networks being tested in the country.

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In October, during the visit of the senior director for the Western Hemisphere of the National Security Council (NSC), Joshua Hodges, the U.S. government started to talk about financing Brazilian companies in the sector as long as they did not acquire Huawei equipment.

This time, Krach, who had several meetings with authorities of the Brazilian government – including Bolsonaro’s national security adviser, Augusto Heleno – focused the pressure on the Clean Network program, a document that the U.S. government is trying to spread around the world, with principles that supposedly would prevent the indiscriminate use of customer data and, as a consequence, would prevent Huawei’s participation in implementing the new technology.

Krach celebrated the fact Brazil has accepted to sign the program, being the 51st country to participate and the first one in Latin America. The Brazilian statement, however, is vaguer than what was said by the North American Under Secretary.

Brazil’s support for the program, however, does not oblige the country, for example, to block Huawei’s participation in the implementation of 5G in Brazil. Despite President Jair Bolsonaro aligning himself with the U.S. – at least during the Trump administration – the decision has not yet been made.

Translated by LABS

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