U.S. Renews Pressure on Europe to Ditch Huawei in New Networks | World News

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Telecoms company Huawei Technologies is part of China’s surveillance state, complicit in human rights abuses, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as Washington renewed pressure on Europe to ban the company from fifth-generation (5G) networks.

Keith Krach, the undersecretary of state for economic affairs, stepped up warnings as Germany and Italy consider their next-generation mobile networks, in his first tour of European capitals since the COVID-19 pandemic hindered travel in March.

Krach said that Finland’s Nokia

and Sweden’s Ericsson

were the only companies that European governments should choose.

Huawei [HWT.UL] is “an arm of the CCP surveillance state and a tool for human rights abuse,” Krach told a German Marshall Fund think-tank event, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.

Huawei has repeatedly rejected U.S. charges that its equipment for 5G networks could be used for spying.

Krach, who said he had held talks with German executives

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Loud Calls For Global Shipping To Ditch Fossil Fuels And Meet Climate Goals

At UN Climate Week this week, calls have increased for shipping to urgently ditch fossil fuels to meet the planet’s climate goals.

The global shipping industry remains weakly regulated and is significantly off course to meet climate targets that scientists and the rest of the world all agree are needed to avoid runaway climate change.

A new report, entitled ‘Zero-Carbon for Shipping’ from leading international conservation organization Ocean Conservancy was launched at a virtual gathering of world leaders

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