The United Kingdom's decision earlier this year to use Huawei to help build its 5G network sent American politicians into an uproar, with Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., saying "Huawei has been and will continue to be a national security threat," and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., saying "[t]he Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will now have a foothold to conduct pervasive espionage on British society."
China's pervasive human rights abuses and crackdowns against free speech, particularly with a new "national security" law passed last week aimed at pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, also complicate the relationship between the U.S. and China — two countries with extensive economic ties.
The State Department last week started warning American companies against working with Chinese companies that are "literally using slave labor."
Sasse and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., two lawmakers who are almost constantly at odds, jointly led a letter in March urging the United Kingdom's government to reconsider its Huawei decision.
"Given the significant security, privacy, and economic threats posed by Huawei, we strongly urge the United Kingdom to revisit its recent decision, take steps to mitigate the risks of Huawei, and work in close partnership with the U.S. on such efforts going forward," the senators wrote.