October 3, 2022
Huawei’s collusion with Chinese state, UK Parliament committee finds

The British Parliament’s Defense Committee on Thursday said it had found clear evidence that telecom giant Huawei had colluded with the Chinese state and said Britain may need to remove all Huawei equipment ahead of the plan. .

In July British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Huawei equipment to be purged of the nascent 5G network by the end of 2027. US President Donald Trump claimed credit for the British decision.

“The West must unite immediately to counter China’s technological dominance,” Defense Committee chairman Tobias Ellwood said. “We must not surrender our national security to short-term technological advances.”

The committee did not elaborate on the exact nature of the relationship, but said it had seen clear evidence of Huawei’s collusion with the “Chinese Communist Party apparatus”.

Huawei said the report lacked credibility.

“This is built on opinion rather than fact. We are sure people will look through these baseless allegations of collusion and remember what Huawei has done for the UK over the past 20 years,” a Huawei spokesperson said.

Trump identified China as the United States’ main geopolitical rival, and accused the Communist Party-ruled state of leveraging 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 on China. Huawei has repeatedly denied this, and says the United States is jealous of its success.

British ministers say Huawei’s rise to global dominance, founded in 1987 by a former engineer from the People’s Liberation Army, has caught the West off guard.

The Defense Committee said it supported Johnson’s decision to eventually purge Huawei from 5G, but noted that “development may be necessary to push this date forward, potentially to 2025 that is deemed economically viable.” May go.”

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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