Chinese businesses like Huawei pose a threat to the West, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist has said on a trip to Italy, ahead of the Italian foreign ministry’s meeting with China’s top diplomat.
Nathan Law, a former legislator, abandoned Hong Kong a month later China enforced a new federal security law on the territory that has been heavily criticised by the West.
Law spoke to reporters in Rome shortly before Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio was due to satisfy Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi, together with the pair anticipated to go over the roll out of new generation 5G engineering in Italy.
Italy has not joined the United States in imposing limitations on Huawei but the business was excluded from a recent Telecom Italia tender to supply technology for a 5G network in Italy and Brazil.
Mr Law urged Western governments to be highly careful in 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 like Huawei,” he said.
“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 Technologies has denied allegations from the United States which it is a Trojan Horse for China’s legion of cyber spies and Beijing has criticised countries such as the UK and Australia, which have said they’ll ditch the Chinese technology giant.
Di Maio and Wang were due to provide a news conference at the conclusion of the talks. Law called on Italy to not ignore what had happened in Hong Kong.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Hong Kong activist warns West to shun ties to Chinese tech‘ article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Angelo Amante. Writing by Crispian Balmer, Editing by William Maclean.
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