Pompeo warns countries that doing business with Huawei puts U.S

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The United States and its Western allies believe Huawei Technologies' apparatus could be used for espionage, and see its expansion into central Europe as a way to gain a foothold in the European Union market.

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He said: "We want to make sure we identify to them the opportunities and the risks of using that equipment".

In Hungary's State of the Nation Sunday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that Hungarian women will get a lifetime exemption from personal income taxes and receive subsidies for larger cars if they have four or more children, CNBC reports.

The comments come as the United States is stepping up its efforts against Huawei worldwide, believing the Chinese company is uncomfortably close with its nation's ruling party and its status as a network and telecoms equipment supplier is being used to help Beijing gather communications from its government clients around the world. It says its technologies serve 70 percent of Hungarians and that it cooperates with most telecoms providers in Hungary, including state-owned enterprises.

Mike Pomeo, US Secretary of State, has made what could be interpreted as veiled threats against Central European countries that their use of Huawei networking equipment "makes it more hard for America to be present in those countries".

Other perks aimed at reversing Hungary's population decline include an $8,825 subsidy toward the purchase of a seven-seat auto for families with three or more children and a low-interest loan of $35,300 for women under 40 who marry for the first time.

Pompeo raised those concerns with Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has been criticized for seeking closer ties with Russian Federation and China and for increasingly authoritarian rule at home.


Last month, the country's director of sales at Huawei was arrested along with a senior Polish security official on charges of espionage. Slovakia, which Pompeo visits before Poland, is looking to buy F-16 fighter jets.

Hungary gets most of its gas from Russian Federation and its main domestic source of electricity is the Paks nuclear power plant where Russia's Rosatom is involved in a £10bn expansion.

Szijjarto immediately brushed off the warning, saying that Budapest can have transparent relations with Beijing, according to reports from Russia Today. The U.S. sees those as key to countering Russian and Chinese efforts to pull Hungary and other countries in the region away from the West and sow division in the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, officials said.

The United States' actions to "suppress" Chinese companies' legitimate development interests were "extremely unfair and immoral", and were unbecoming of a great power, Hua said.

"Hungarians know all too well from their history that an authoritarian Russian Federation will never be a friend to the freedom and sovereignty of smaller nations".

"So numerous concerns that are voiced are things that have happened in the absence of America being engaged", he told reporters.

President Donald Trump's administration has made a point of reaching out to Orban, who shares Trump's strong stance on limiting migration and has adopted increasingly authoritarian measures, including cracking down on the opposition, labor unions, independent media and academia.

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