The UK parliament’s defence committee has said that it had found clear evidence that telecoms giant Huawei had colluded with the Chinese country and said the UK may need to eliminate all Huawei gear sooner than intended.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at July ordered Huawei Technologies equipment to be purged from the nascent 5G network at the conclusion of 2027. US President Trump claimed partial credit for the British conclusion.
“We must not surrender our national security for the sake of short-term technological development.”
The Committee didn’t go into detail about the exact nature of the ties but stated it had seen clear evidence of Huawei collusion with “the Chinese Communist Party apparatus”.
Huawei said the report lacked authenticity.
“It is built on opinion rather than fact. We’re sure people will see through these groundless accusations of collusion and remember instead what Huawei has delivered for Britain over the past 20 years,” that a Huawei spokesman said.
Trump identifies China as the United States’ main geopolitical rival, and has accused the Communist Party-ruled state of taking advantage over trade and not telling the truth over the novel coronavirus outbreak, which he calls the “China plague”.
Washington and its allies say Huawei technology could be used to spy for China. Huawei has repeatedly denied this, and says the US is simply jealous of its success.
British ministers say the rise to global dominance of Huawei, founded back in 1987 by a former People’s Liberation Army engineer, has caught the West off-guard.
The defence committee said it supported Johnson’s decision to eventually purge Huawei from 5G but noted that “improvements could demand this date being moved ahead, potentially to 2025 that could be considered economically viable.”
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Jack Stubbs. Editing by Kate Holton.
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