Today Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH-10), Vice President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA), and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA-1), the Head of the US Delegation to NATO PA, released the following statement after the United Kingdom announced it would allow Chinese company Huawei to assist in building the UK’s 5G data network:

“As US Delegates of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, we are extremely concerned by the news that the United Kingdom will allow Chinese company Huawei to help build the country’s 5G data network. China’s ability to control Chinese companies such as Huawei poses a potential critical threat to telecommunications and privacy. This decision by the UK puts the US-UK shared intelligence at risk of being compromised by China. We urge the UK to immediately reconsider its decision and instead put a total ban on Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s building of its 5G data network.”