The US has announced new visa restrictions on Huawei employees including refusal or revocation of a visa. The Trump administration said these rules will apply to the company’s employees “that provide material support to regimes engaging in human rights violations and abuses globally”.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the restrictions at a press briefing on 15th July 2020. “The state department will impose visa restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies like Huawei,” he said.
Pompeo referred to Huawei as “an arm of the CCP’s surveillance state that censors political dissidents and enables mass internment camps in Xinjiang and the indentured servitude of its population.” He further said that any telecom company worldwide that uses Huawei’s equipment “are doing business with human rights abusers”.
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The US decision refers to Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act for its legality. The Act says visitors are inadmissible to the US if the Secretary of State has reason to believe their entry “would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States”.
Pompeo also reportedly said plans are underway to fight Chinese viral video app TikTok. Pompeo alleges that the social media company is also stealing user data on behalf of the Chinese government.
“We hope to have a set of decisions shortly. Whether it’s TikTok or any of the other Chinese communications platforms, apps, infrastructure, this administration has taken seriously the requirement to protect the American people from having their information end up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said. Both Huawei and TikTok have denied the charge against them.
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