Huawei uses medical donation to secure meeting with Hungarian officials
Executives from Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei were granted a meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó after the company donated medical supplies to Hungary’s efforts to combat COVID-19. Hungarian media suggested that the meeting, nominally to thank the company for the donation, actually concerned Huawei’s continued access to the Hungarian market. In November 2019, the Hungarian government had announced that Huawei would take part in the country’s 5G network. In addition, Huawei’s largest plant outside of China is located in Komarom, Hungary. U.S. and European officials have raised concerns about potential Chinese Communist Party access to data via technical and legal “backdoors” embedded in Huawei’s infrastructure. Under PRC law, Huawei is obligated to participate in national intelligence work, has been credibly accused of cooperation with PRC intelligence agencies, and is owned ultimately by a trade union entity likely controlled by the CCP.

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Date: April 3, 2020
Country: Hungary