Donald Trump’s government has warned the UK against using Huawei’s 5G mobile networks in the future and stated that going ahead with the current plans would be “nothing short of madness”.
Senior officials in Washington have repeatedly taken a stand against the tech firm, which has strong links with the Chinese state, and also stated that the US would reassess its intelligence sharing with the UK should they be given any role in Britain’s 5G infrastructure.
Trump’s deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger, presented MPs with new technical evidence on Monday about the risks of working with Huawei.
A US representative stated that allowing Huawei into Britain’s 5G networks “would be like putting Russia in charge of anti-doping of world athletes”.
However, there is a growing expectation that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will allow the use of Huawei equipment in part of the national network. A final decision is due at the end of the month.
Victor Zhang, Huawei’s President for Global Government Affairs commented: “I am very confident that the UK will choose Huawei because the UK always takes an evidence and fact-based approach and that the decision-making will be based on the nation’s long-term interest and to satisfy society and the benefit of all consumers. Huawei has been here in the UK for more than 18 years and trust has been built with our customers and with the UK government through our openness and transparency.”