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US leverages security ties to press Eastern Europe to shun Huawei

Pence and Pompeo combine to pursuade countries to avoid Chinese technology

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a security conference in Warsaw, POland on Feb. 14. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland)

WARSAW/BERLIN -- The U.S. government is using visits to Eastern Europe by top officials as an opportunity to try to tighten the net around Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies, hinting that it could withdraw security cooperation from nations that do not cooperate.

Washington has "made clear that if they make a certain set of decisions, that it will be more difficult for the United States Department of Defense to work alongside of them -- that is, we'll never put our equipment in a place which would present risk to our technology from having Chinese technology collocated alongside of it," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.

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