Washington will rethink connectivity and information sharing with any nation using equipment made by Chinese tech giant Huawei– including its allies in Southeast Asia, said US cybersecurity official Robert Strayer, reported the South China Morning Post.
Strayer said that the US did not make any distinction between core and noncore parts of 5G networks, outlining a stance with potential implications for Thailand and the Philippines.
Both US treaty allies use Huawei equipment in their current telecoms infrastructure, and are conducting tests with the Chinese company’s 5G equipment.
They are not alone in their willingness to use Huawei equipment, with other countries including Malaysia also on board. At the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing last week, the Philippines’ trade secretary Ramon Lopez and Malaysian trade minister Darell Leiking indicated their nations were not concerned about the security issues trumpeted by the US.