US to share 'concern' over Chinese tech with Philippines, allies: envoy


Posted at May 23 2019 01:25 PM

US to share 'concern' over Chinese tech with Philippines, allies: envoy 1
United States of America (USA) Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks during the Pandesal Forum in Quezon City on May 23, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Washington will "share" its concerns over the security of Chinese technology to allies like the Philippines, US Ambassador Sung Kim said Thursday.

During his visit to Manila in March, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would make sure that the world has its "eyes wide open" on the alleged risk from using China's Huawei.

Shenzhen-based Huawei was blacklisted by the US government, prompting Google to suspend software and hardware transfers, a move that could hurt its handset business that runs on Android software.

"Frankly, its not just concerns the United States, many countries share this concern. We believe it’s important as a friend, as a partner, as an ally to share our concerns to the Philippines and other partners in the region and beyond," Kim told reporters.

"These are very serious concerns, I know that relevant senior officials in the Philippines are deliberating very closely on what would be the right decision for the Philippines," Kim said. 

Choosing which technology provider to deploy will be up to individual countries, he said.