The Dominican Republican government cancelled an agreement with Huawei which would have seen the company’s technology used in areas such as telecommunications, airports and ports in the country.
Local news outlet El Dia reported, Dominican Republic president Luis Abinader recently cooled relations with China, the large-scale project was struck years ago to strengthen the relations between the Dominican Republic and Asian country.
The announcement aligns with a 10-day tour made by US Undersecretary for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Keith Krach, who visited Central and South American companies to promote the US’ Clean Network initiative. Countries visited included Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Krach signed the Brazilian government up to the initiative which could also freeze out Huawei in the Latin American nation, which is one of the largest globally.
According to the US Department of State, the Clean Network programme is: “The Trump Administration’s comprehensive approach to safeguarding the nation’s assets including citizens’ privacy and companies’ most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party.”