The United States has delivered the most explicit threat yet to New Zealand’s role in the Five Eyes alliance if it allows Huawei into the 5G network, saying it will not share information with any country which allows the Chinese company into “critical information systems”.
The remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo call into question claims from Kiwi politicians and officials that outside pressure is not behind a decision to block Huawei equipment from being used by Spark in its 5G network.
The Secretary of State is the most senior cabinet officer after the President. His comments are not random musings but obviously reflect the official policy of the United States.
For the New Zealand Government to still insist that the decision on Huawei was made without any pressure from other countries is ludicrous.