Pompeo says world should have eyes wide open about Chinese tech risks

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for a meeting with business leaders in Manila3 on March 1, 2019. (Andrew Harnik/Pool via Reuters)
Updated 01 March 2019
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Pompeo says world should have eyes wide open about Chinese tech risks

  • The US government has been trying to prevent American firms from buying Huawei routers and switches

MANILA, Philippines: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that the world should be “eyes wide open” about the risks of using Chinese technology, and that there could be problems for American firms operating in certain places where Huawei equipment was deployed.
Pompeo was asked during a visit to Manila about the prospect of the Philippines using Huawei 5G technology in future as it seeks to modernize outdated telecoms infrastructure.
“Our task has been to share with the world the risks associated with that technology: the risks to the Philippine people, the risk to Philippine security, the risk that America may not be able to operate in certain environments if there is Huawei technology adjacent to that,” he told a news conference.
“We want to make sure that the world has their eyes wide open as to the risks of having that technology to be part of infrastructure, backbone or networks.”
The US government has been piling pressure on Huawei, the world’ s biggest telecommunications equipment maker and trying to prevent American firms from buying Huawei routers and switches, as well as advising allies to do the same.


Knife attacker injures four staff at Oslo school: police

Norway police said they apprehended the attacker and the motive was not immediately clear. (AFP file photo)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Knife attacker injures four staff at Oslo school: police

  • The four victims, all school employees, were taken to hospital with minor injuries

OSLO: An attacker armed with a knife injured a teacher and three other staff at a school in Oslo on Tuesday, police said.
Police said they apprehended the attacker and the motive was not immediately clear.
The four victims, all school employees, were taken to hospital with minor injuries, police told Norwegian news agency NTB.