The statement, released Wednesday, was signed by six respected retired US military officials, including former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis.
Commanded US and Allied troops around the world. We have serious concerns about a future in which a 5G network developed in China is widespread among our allies and partners, "the statement began.
" I have one Proposal seen that Huawei products were banned in New Zealand. That's simply not the case, "she told Ardern during an interview broadcasting n Chinese State Media CGTN.
" We already have Huawei products in New Zealand and Huawei is already in New Zealand, "she added.
New Zealand is a longtime ally of the United States and a member of its exclusive Five Eyes secret society, along with Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada A former US government analyst Peter Mattis said in 2018 that New Zealand's membership should be reconsidered given its close relationship with Beijing.
In their statement, the US military stressed on Mit twoch three worrying areas The growing presence of Chinese technology in international networks – espionage, risks for future military operations and undermining democracy and human rights.
"The Chinese Cyber Security Act and other national strategies such as 'military-civilian merger' do not mean anything to Chinese companies do not have to be state-owned companies need the law enforcement, intelligence and national security interests of the Chinese Communist Party
They called for calls to US intelligence agencies to provide evidence or a "smoking weapon" to justify calls for a ban, "the misunderstanding of the impending challenge."
" Instead, Beijing should come forward to explain why it is wise for countries to rely on Chinese telecommunications technology when Beijing's current practices threaten the integrity of personal data and government secrets, military operations, and liberal governance, "it says The statement.
But when she was asked in her interview with Chinese state media if US objections were raised for Huawei, New Zealand's policies would be affected, Ardern said no. 19659002] "New Zealand was not pressured in this regard, but even if it did, it would not make a difference. We determine our policy and our position on these issues, "she said.