Washington, D.C. — Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) released the following statement after President Trump extended his executive order, banning U.S. companies from using Huawei and ZTE telecommunications equipment for another year:

“The Communist Chinese government has proven time and time again that they are willing to use commercial telecommunications companies to spy on the United States, which is part of an ongoing pattern of illegal surveillance, blatant intellectual property theft, and desperate attempts to gain any advantage at any cost. Just in the last week, we saw yet another example of this nefarious behavior, when new evidence arose that Beijing has made several efforts to hack the United States’ research on COVID-19. I applaud President Trump’s decision to extend this ban on Huawei and ZTE in the United States – we cannot be too careful when it comes to protecting American businesses and our national security from a malicious foreign government.”

Congressman Conaway has long warned of the risks of partnering with Chinese telecommunications companies such as Huawei and ZTE. Conaway’s legislation to protect government communications from Chinese spying, the Defending U.S. Government Communications Act, was included in the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act. In a 2019 BBC documentary, Conaway also expressed concerns about using Huawei parts in the development of 5G networks.