Senators Marco Rubio and John Cornyn joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers urging the U.S. government to block Huawei Technologies from supplying solar power generators in the United States.
Eleven lawmakers signed a letter addressed to Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday that called for the government to block Huawei from America’s energy infrastructure just as it has acted to keep the Chinese tech company out of the American telecom network.
The Senators wrote:
We write to express our concern over the national security threat products manufactured by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) pose to our nation’s critical energy infrastructure. We understand that Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of solar inverters, is attempting to access our domestic residential and commercial markets. Congress recently acted to block Huawei from our telecommunications equipment market due to concerns with the company’s links to China’s intelligence services. We urge similar action to protect critical U.S. electrical systems and infrastructure.
In addition to Cornyn and Rubio, the letter was signed by Republican Senators Richard Burr, Susan Collins, Tom Cotton, James Risch, Mitt Romney, and Ben Sasse. Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein, Mark Warner, and Independent Angus King also signed the letter.
Senator Rubio has been positioning himself as a leading critic of China’s international push for global economic dominance.
Rubio this month released an explosive 80-page report on China’s push to supplant the United States as the world’s economic superpower. The report, titled “Made in China 2025: And the Future of American Industry,” walks through in great detail exactly what the Chinese are doing and how they are doing it with regard to attempting to replace the United States on the world stage.