US issues fresh warning to UK over Huawei

US issues fresh warning to UK over Huawei
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  • calendar-gray 29 April 2019

The US has warned that its intelligence sharing with other countries would have to be re-evaluated if those countries use Huawei to build their 5G networks, APAreports citing BBC.

Senior US official Rob Strayer said any such role for the firm posed an "unacceptable risk" to security.

It has been reported that the UK might allow the Chinese telecoms firm into the non-core parts of its 5G network.

But opponents of the plan have raised concerns about Huawei's ties to the Chinese government.

Last week, a leak from the UK's National Security Council indicated the government had decided to allow the Chinese telecoms firm to have a limited role in bringing 5G to the UK.

The news provoked controversy, with reports that of Prime Minister Theresa May's senior cabinet ministers had warned against the move.

The US expressed serious concerns at the time, since, along with Australia and New Zealand, it belives the Chinese firm is a security risk because of its ties to the state.

Responding to Mr Strayer's intervention, Mrs May's official spokesman said: "Our position has always been that where national security concerns arise in any foreign investment the government will assess the risks and consider what course of action to take."

And China's ambassador in London, Liu Xiaoming, said Britain should resist pressure from other nations, and that the company had a "good track record on security".

Faiq Mahmudov

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