‘Is the democratic system so fragile?' Audience applauds as Pelosi's Huawei scare session prompts rebuke from Chinese delegate
Added 02-16-20 07:37:02am EST - “Nancy Pelosi, who brought a squad of US lawmakers to Munich, argued passionately that dropping Huawei technology is about keeping democracy, until an unorthodox intervention by a Chinese diplomat left her facing a tough argument.” - Rt.com
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“National security, economy and values all come together on the Huawei issue,” Pelosi proclaimed during the third day of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), devoting the bulk of her press briefing to Huawei and Beijing’s “digital autocracy.”
Adopting or not adopting Huawei solutions – particularly their 5G products – “is about choosing autocracy over democracy on the information highway,” she insisted, likening the process to “putting the state police in the pocket of every consumer in these countries.”
As someone who helped renew the NSA’s spying powers two years ago, Pelosi wisely chose to refrain from mentioning US mass surveillance, famously exposed by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers.
She also failed to say what makes America’s surveillance more democratic than that which is attributed to Huawei. Her subsequent remarks, however, shed some light on America’s rationale behind targeting the Chinese tech giant.
“Why would we give license to the Chinese to direct the traffic on that information highway of the future?” the speaker asked bluntly, adding, “There’s a big price to pay.”
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