London: US President Donald Trump said he was responsible for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to ban Huawei from entering the UK’s 5G network from the end of 2027. China’s remarks prove that London’s move is political rather than safe.
As Britain prepares to withdraw from the European Union, concerns about Huawei’s security have forced Johnson to participate in the global competition between the United States and China.
Johnson on Tuesday ordered the complete removal of Huawei equipment from the UK’s 5G network by the end of 2027, risking China’s anger and implying that the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer is not popular in the West.
“We convinced many countries, many countries – I did this myself for the most part – not to use Huawei, because we think it’s an unsafe security risk, it’s a big security risk,” Trump told reporters at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden.
“I talked many countries out of using it: if they want to do business with us, they can’t use it. Just today, I believe that UK announced that they’re not going to be using it.”
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 has termed the “China plague”.
Britain denied that Trump alone was responsible for the Huawei ban, while China said the remark showed the decision was about geopolitics rather than security.