Huawei 5G would be ‘madness’ for UK

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei speaks during a roundtable at the telecom giant's headquarters in Shenzhen

It comes after USA officials last night issued an extraordinary warning to Britain, insisting it would be "madness" to allow the Chinese firm to build the UK's 5G phone network.

The delegation that arrived in London had been put together by President Donald Trump and was led by his deputy national security advisor, Matt Pottinger.

Senior US officials handed over a dossier of technical information which sources claim challenged British intelligence's own technical assessment that it would be possible to use Huawei in the 5G infrastructure without risks to national security.

Nevertheless, six U.S. officials, including deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, flew to the United Kingdom yesterday. While Sir Andrew Parker is said to have acknowledged that security fears should not "dominate and dictate decisions", the newspaper pointed out that the National Security Council had few options because of the small number of 5G suppliers on the market.

The U.S. government began urging its allies to drop Huawei from it critical telecommunications infrastructure a year ago, arguing that Huawei can't be trusted not to enable the Chinese government's espionage operations.

According to CNN, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also warned allies during his tour of Europe a year ago - stating that countries sustaining links with Huawei could damage their relationship with the US.

However, UK officials have suggested they are not anxious that such a review would lead to any substantive change in behaviour.

Britain is expected to make a final call on how to deploy Huawei Technologies equipment in its future 5G networks later this month.

Huawei, the world's largest maker of mobile networking equipment, has repeatedly denied that its equipment could be used for spying.

Meanwhile, Conservative MP Bob Seely has said Huawei "to all intents and purposes is part of the Chinese state" and a deal with the tech giant would allow Beijing to access the UK's network. Ltd. was unquestionably not right the company to use to build its 5G infrastructure.

"The government continues to consider its position on high risk vendors and a decision will be made in due course".



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