Hong Kong activist warns West to shun Chinese expertise ties

Rome, August 25

Chinese companies comparable to Huawei Technologies Co pose a menace to the West, Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Nathan Law mentioned on a go to to Italy on Tuesday, shortly earlier than the Italian Foreign Minister was as a result of meet China’s high diplomat.

Law, a former legislator, left Hong Kong final month after China imposed a brand new nationwide safety regulation on the territory that has been closely criticised by the West.

Law spoke to reporters in Rome shortly earlier than Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio was as a result of meet Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi, with the pair anticipated to debate the rollout of latest technology 5G expertise in Italy.

Italy has not joined the United States in imposing restrictions on Huawei however the firm was excluded from a current Telecom Italia tender to produce expertise for a 5G community in Italy and Brazil.

Law urged Western governments to be extremely cautious of their dealings with Beijing.

“The most powerful authoritarian regime in the world is posing a threat to democracies, including using measures of infiltration, including using the influence of their state enterprises such as Huawei,” he mentioned.

“If infrastructure like telecommunications, harbours or even the nuclear industry are controlled or are owned by Chinese companies, then it will impose serious danger to the country.”

Huawei has denied allegations by the United States that it was a Trojan Horse for the Chinese cyberspies and Beijing has criticised international locations comparable to Britain and Australia, which have mentioned they might shun the Chinese expertise large.

Di Maio and Wang had been as a result of give a information convention on the finish of their talks. Law known as on Italy to not ignore what had occurred in Hong Kong.

“My arrival and the message I’m bringing here is very clear: We need to address the human rights violations to China even if we’re engaged with them and we have to be very aware of the infiltration and their authoritarian expansionist nature.” Reuters

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