United States cautious Great Britain for Huawei 1

United States cautious Great Britain for Huawei


Davos / London: The US warns Britain of the role Huawei will play in 5G telecommunications networks before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a decision, while Washington remains concerned about the colossal Chinese telecommunications industry.

In the first major test of Brexit’s British foreign policy so far, Johnson has resisted the enormous pressure from President Donald Trump’s government to block Huawei, and the United States fears that it might harm British secrets.

Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, has denied that it is a tool for Chinese intelligence and said the United States wants to prohibit its use because no American company can offer the same range of 5G technology at a competitive price.

After US and UK ministers publicly debated the digital services tax in Davos, US finance minister Steven Mnuchin said he would meet the UK finance minister on Huawei on Saturday.

“Let me repeat, this is a complex issue,” said Mnuchin. “We have made it very clear that it is relevant to all the important areas that we are concerned about. But again, there are discussions about these issues.”

The UK is expected to make a final decision later this month on the deployment of Huawei equipment in its 5G network.

Compared to the Cold War arms race, the United States fears that the dominance of 5G global competitors such as China will give an advantage that Washington does not want to accept.

Johnson is trying to negotiate a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union and the United States and is struggling with EU and United States conflict policy with regard to Iran, making Johnson one of Britain’s closest allies.

Trade Secretary Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday that the UK hopes to reach a trade agreement with the United States, but will still levy taxes on digital services on the revenues of companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Leadsom said that Britain will soon decide what role Huawei will play, but Trade Minister Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday that the number of alternative suppliers is limited.

“Well there are other providers but they are limited, ideally there would be more providers of infrastructure similar to the work that Huawei does but the UK is looking very carefully at this issue and we will be making a final decision soon,” Leadsom told Sky.

“It is an ongoing process and there are all sorts of factors to take into consideration, as you say, like the availability of other providers, like the work that Huawei has already done in the United Kingdom, so these discussions are ongoing,” she said.

“I share the concerns of many citizens about protecting our national security interest,” Leadsom said.

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