China’s Huawei Technologies has requested a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work out a deal to delay its potential removal from the country’s 5G phone network, the Sunday Times newspaper reported on Sunday.
- Huawei requests a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work out a deal
- The company is seeking to delay its removal from the from the country’s 5G telecoms networks until after elections in June 2025
- Relations between China and the international community have soured over recent months
The telecoms equipment maker is seeking to delay its removal from the from the country’s 5G telecoms networks until after elections in June 2025, in the expectation that the new government may reverse the decision, the newspaper reported.
Huawei Technologies will in return pledge to maintain its equipment in the United Kingdom, which is also used in the 2G, 3G and 4G networks, the report added.
The British government granted China-based Huawei a limited role in its future 5G networks back in January of this year, but ministers have since said the introduction of sanctions on the company from the United States means it may no longer be a reliable supplier.
Johnson has faced intense pressure from the United States and some UK lawmakers to ban the telecommunications equipment maker on security grounds.
China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, warned last week that getting rid of Huawei would send a “very bad message” to Chinese business.
A government update on the Chinese company is expected to be published before the 22nd of July, according to a government minister and official.
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