The use of Chinese security equipment in the border between the United States and Mexico it is a “concern” that can be solved if both countries manufacture their own, said a senior US State Department official on Monday.
We recommend you: Xi Jinping: China Ready for Good Relations with the US
“There are significant security concerns when you’re talking about that kind of technology and information flowing back and forth between the United States and Mexico,” Todd Robinson, deputy secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said Monday. the Law, referring to equipment from China.
In addition, “there are companies in the United States and Mexico that have the capacity to produce very good equipment that both countries can use” with “companies that we trust to handle the flow of information,” Robinson said at an event at the Woodrow Wilson Center. of Washington.
According to an investigation by the NGO Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity (MCCI), The United States warned Mexico “of the national security risks involved in buying border monitoring equipment manufactured by Nuctech, a company linked to the Chinese government.”
The organization, which cites documents, states that Mexico “has already installed dozens of Chinese equipment in customs and ports.”
Robinson spoke of the security cooperation between the two neighboring countries, especially the fight against drugs, especially against fentanyl trafficking.
At a time when the United States is suffering from a drug epidemic with around 108,000 deaths from overdoses last year, Robinson took the opportunity to again urge China to resume cooperation against the drug trade.
“We continue to strongly urge China to come back to the table and take meaningful action to end the diversion of precursor chemicals used in illicit drug production,” he said.
China suspended several cooperation agreements in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit this year to Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of its territory.
Washington considers that Mexico could mediate.
“The Mexican government is perhaps in a better position to try to get China to participate in the shared problems (…) on security, and in particular on the chemical precursors, both legal and illegal, that flow from that part of the world,” he said.
China it is “a great world power and we have to find ways to cooperate with them when we can and at the same time confront them when necessary,” he said.
On border security, the undersecretary affirms that a study has been completed, in collaboration with Mexico, on five ports of entry to identify how the infrastructure and procedures to detect drugs, weapons and other contraband goods can be improved and at the same time facilitate travel and trade. It is likely to be officially launched once the data is analyzed, he added.
With information from AFP