Does the USA want the United Kingdom to ditch Huawei?

U.K. feels last minute heat from the U.S. over a key 5G decision

Despite pressure from the USA, not all of America's allies felt that they needed to ban Huawei equipment from their 5G networks. Huawei denies the allegations.

But now according to Reuters, the usa is firing a "shot across the bow" as it steps up the pressure on the United Kingdom ahead of Huawei decision. Nonetheless, Washington has exerted considerable pressure on its allies to follow its lead and ban the use of Huawei equipment in telecoms infrastructure.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to press British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over Huawei at a meeting in Washington on Thursday, Reuters added.

The U.S. was also planning to send a delegation that included deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger to Britain this week to discuss the use of the manufacturer's networking equipment. Unfortunately, the trip had to be postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Speaking about the USA, one person familiar with Britain's position on Huawei says that Washington acts as though it is "cocking the pistol". "What's unclear is how, when or indeed if it will actually be fired".

A government spokesperson said that it continues to consider its position on "high-risk vendors" and that a decision will be made "in due course". Last year, officials had decided that they would not expose key parts of the 5G network to Huawei and allow them only restricted and supervised access.

A final decision could be made before the end of the month.

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has released 2018 figures showing its presence in Europe provided a €12.8 billion stimulus to the EU's economy, backing the company's claim that it has become an essential element of Europe's digital ecosystem.

The ban would apply to both information and intelligence products of the USA intelligence community. The US has previously intimated that using Huawei kit could negatively effect US/UK relations on the intelligence sharing front, with both parties now being a part of the Five Eyes alliance - an global intelligence agency made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK to share surveillance and resources.



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