The UK Reverses Course on Huawei on 5G and Stands Up to China

It’s been a bad few days for the Communist Party-led government in Beijing in its efforts to gain economic and strategic influence in the United Kingdom and Europe.

China’s flagship technology company, Huawei, is finding that its welcome mat is being taken away in London, the world’s biggest financial center, with major implications for its global operations. 

The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London reported last week that “the Prime Minister has instructed officials to draw up plans that would see China’s involvement in the U.K.’s 5G network reduced to zero” in the face of strong opposition from Parliament and the Trump administration.

That’s a complete reversal of the British government’s decision back in January to allow Huawei a 35% stake in the development of the U.K.’s 5G infrastructure.

In addition, as the BBC has noted, the U.K. government has instructed the National Cyber Security Centre to conduct a review “into the impact of allowing Huawei telecoms equipment to be used in British 5G networks.”

The Times of London revealed Friday that “Britain is seeking to forge an alliance of [10] democracies to create alternative suppliers of 5G equipment and other technologies to avoid relying on China. … The government has approached Washington about a ‘D10’ club of democratic partners, based on the [Group of Seven] plus Australia, South Korea, and India.”

These are hugely welcome developments ahead of the planned G-7 summit of world leaders at the White House, expected to be held at the end of June, as governments across the world adopt an increasingly tough stance toward China in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huawei, a state-controlled Chinese enterprise, poses a significant national security risk to the United Kingdom and U.S. allies across the world. It’s already deeply embedded in the U.K.’s telecommunications infrastructure, and giving it a role in the development of 5G would be a hugely dangerous move.

The Heritage Foundation has been at the forefront of urging the British government against going down the path of giving Chinese companies a stake in 5G. Heritage scholars met with senior British officials in London and in Washington earlier this year, as well as with leading Conservative members of Parliament, conveying deep-seated U.S. concerns over the involvement of Huawei in Britain’s 5G network.

In a major policy paper outlining a U.S./European Economic Partnership Recovery Plan, Heritage scholars called in early May for the establishment of a transatlantic 5G consortium, as well as the building of a coalition to confront China’s “military-civilian integration.”

The paper urged:

The United States should work with its European partners to create a consortium of governments and industries aimed at rapidly developing alternatives to China’s 5G offerings.

Among other things, this group should develop strategies for mutually supporting core 5G technologies within the transatlantic alliance, securing existing and future telecommunications networks against hostile foreign governments, and diversifying supply-chain dependence on China.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demonstrated tremendous leadership in delivering Brexit and taking the U.K. out of the European Union.

He must now stand up to Beijing by ensuring that Huawei is completely removed from Great Britain’s telecommunications infrastructure. As U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently declared, it can no longer be “business as usual” in dealing with China.

The United States and its allies must resist China’s efforts to undermine the free world, and strengthen the transatlantic alliance in the face of its adversaries.

The U.K. is leading in Europe in standing up to China. Other countries across the Atlantic must follow the British example.

(c) The Daily Signal

11 comments

  1. “The Daily Telegraph newspaper in London reported last week that “the Prime Minister has instructed officials to draw up plans that would see China’s involvement in the U.K.’s 5G network reduced to zero” in the face of strong opposition from Parliament and the Trump administration.”

    It’s payback time China, well done Boris. Now for the rest of Europe to follow suit, but don’t hold your breath.

    • How much is British economic sovereignty worth?…
      There will be no privacy after the surveillance state gets in there. By the way, I heard something about Motor Sich but it was Ukrainian language that the Chinese were getting 51%. I’m not sure its final yet but this subject must get more sunlight!

      • The US were rumoured to be putting a proposal to them, but I heard nothing for a while.

  2. Agree 100% with the article!
    I would also like to see the type of decisive policies that would result in a similar article on putlerstan, so that a sentence like the following one would appear: ‘The U.K. is leading in Europe in standing up to China. Other countries across the Atlantic must follow the British example.’ Only one word needs to be changed.

  3. Be nice to hear it from Boris, but he seems to have the same problem as Trump when it comes to fucking Russia. Still waiting for the Intel report about Russia interfering in Brexit, seems that’s been put in the ‘maybe one day’ pile.

    • He has recently been moving in the wrong direction on the tiny poisoner. In January he said: ‘there will be no normalisation of our bilateral relationship until Russia ends the destabilising activity that threatens the UK and our allies and undermines the safety of our citizens and our collective security.’
      Yet on VE Day he spoke to the arsehole and invited him to take part in the global vaccine summit that the UK will host virtually in June to ‘strengthen healthcare systems and tackle coronavirus in some of the world’s poorest countries.’
      Unfortunately his bout with chicom bat virus seems to have badly weakened his resolve.

      • Yeah, not forgetting the Skripal escapade, that’s also been swept under the carpet. Are the UK so scared of Russia pulling out all of their laundered money from British banks and property? It’s the only reason I can think of.

        • I dream of the day a UK prime minister seizes all the London cash, property and business assets of putinazi crooks and oligarchs. Starting with CFC! That piece of shit Abramovich is putler’s right hand man. (Probably literally).

          • It doesn’t take a genius to work out, that these police are either poorly trained, or racist. Had the guy not died, there would be no riots.

          • I should like to repeat to you part of something I said to redders:

            I am concerned that the activities of Marxist revolutionaries in America might cause yet another huge distraction from the necessity of containing the putinazis. The chicom bat virus was one huge gift for them and now that pitiless and senseless attack by a rogue cop on Mr Floyd is another one. What is it with Minneapolis? Three years ago in that city, a white Australian woman was shot dead for no reason by a cop who had originally come to America as a ‘refugee’ from one of the world’s most evil shitholes: Somalia. Who the fuck thought it was a good idea to allow such a person into a position of power? He ended up with a derisory 12 year sentence. The chief of police in that city; a woman, was on vacation at the time of the atrocity. She chose not to bother to return and continued enjoying herself. There were of course no riots and no sanctimonious speeches from the fake Hawaiian.

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