Skip to comments.Pence praises Poland's actions on Huawei as US pressure mounts
Posted on 02/13/2019 7:29:40 PM PST by CondoleezzaProtege
WARSAW: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence praised Poland on Wednesday for its commitment to "protecting the telecoms sector from China", as part of a concerted push by the United States to convince its allies to exclude tech giant Huawei from telecoms projects.
In January, Poland arrested a Chinese employee of Huawei and a former Polish security official on spying allegations.
Poland's government is also considering excluding Huawei equipment from its future 5G network, sources told Reuters.
The comments came as Poland seeks to convince the United States to increase its military presence in the country.
The number of U.S. troops in Poland is capped at 4,500 but it fluctuates as formations rotate.
Poland, alarmed by Russia's assertiveness on NATO's eastern flank, has lobbied hard for the stationing of NATO troops on its soil, especially since Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Austria's technology ministry and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel both said on Wednesday that an EU-wide agreement was needed on whether Huawei should be allowed to participate in building 5G networks in the bloc.
Some European countries have been reluctant to follow U.S. demands straightaway, and Huawei is determined to stay in the race for lucrative infrastructure projects.
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Poland is thrilled that Trump is president.
I don’t understand why Trump A) has not made a triumphant tour of Eastern Europe, Austria and Italy to shore up their anti immigration polices, and B) has not moved most of our troops out of Germany to Poland, the Baltic States, Hungary and Romania. Both of these are very easy and can be done with the stroke of a pen.
Trump administration policy towards Poland is hostile. Many details are not even published by American media. Favorable imagine of the US in Poland is shrinking quickly.
Can you summarize what is wrong with US-Poland policy?
I dont believe that for a second.
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