Britain may change its original intention to join the U.S. camp to limit China's Huawei 5G

The British government is likely to change its original intention and tighten Huawei 5G in the UK. Recent media reports have revealed policy trends.

Huawei's 5G technology and Hong Kong's National Security Law have recently talked about topics in China in the UK.

On Monday, June 1, the Times reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering various options to increase investment in domestic telecommunications companies to help them become more competitive in the 5G market.

The newspaper said that this proposal is part of the UK's larger plan. As the world's security concerns about Chinese companies' equipment increase, it is necessary to reduce Britain's dependence on Huawei's 5G technology.

The Times reported that: led by the White House, the United States launched an active lobbying campaign against Britain, persuading Britain to reconsider using Huawei's 5G technology.

On Monday, the Financial Times also reported that the United Kingdom is assessing the possible impact of the US sanctions on Huawei.

The newspaper analyzed that the British reassessment may pave the way for the government to change its previous decision...

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The Financial Times reported that the emergency assessment carried out by the United Kingdom began after the United States announced new export restrictions on Huawei last month. It will have results within a few weeks, and the British intelligence agency conducts the assessment— —National Cyber ​​Security Centre under the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

The report believes: The sanctions of the United States and the assessment of the United Kingdom will provide Prime Minister Boris Johnson with an opportunity to make a 180-degree turn and change his decision at the beginning of the year.

On January 28 this year, Johnson announced that he would continue to use Huawei 5G technology, but certain conditions are attached, including...

  • Huawei cannot participate in the construction of the core network of 5G networks and gigabit broadband networks and other sensitive facilities;

  • Huawei can participate in the construction of non-sensitive parts of the network. Still, its market share is limited to 35%, and this indicator will be re-evaluated in the future to adjust as appropriate to ensure market diversification.

U.S.-China opposition

The British government's decision at that time attracted widespread international attention. Subsequently, more voices appeared within the United Kingdom, demanding reconsideration of this decision. The United States has also increased lobbying for Britain.

This Tuesday (June 2), the US Senate Intelligence Committee member, Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Tom Cotton), will speak to the British Parliament's National Defense Committee; the main content is to explain 5G security issues.

In addition, Air Force Brigadier General Robert Spalding, who once served as the director of the US National Security Council’s strategic plan, will also explain his concerns about Huawei technology to British lawmakers.

According to the Sunday Times report, as the British media continues to report that the Prime Minister intends to change Huawei's decision on 5G, Huawei's senior officials will meet with senior advisers of the Prime Minister's Office this week, hoping to understand the true intentions of the British Prime Minister...

Democratic union

Last week, the British tabloid The Sun reported that the British government sought alliances with ten democratic countries to provide the UK with a 5G network and break China's monopoly on 5G network technology.

According to reports, British government officials hope to form a democratic club called D10 to fund technology companies to develop 5G technology to replace Huawei.

These ten countries will likely include Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, South Korea, and India.

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Pay the price 

The Financial Times reported on Monday that experts were warned that if the UK turned 180 degrees on the Huawei issue, the Chinese Communist Party would not stand idly by without punishment, especially the final decision of the British on this matter will be closely watched by other European countries and affect them The decision to use 5G technology yourself.

On May 28, China’s official English-language newspaper China Daily published a social commentary saying that it will pay the price if the UK excludes Huawei.

The newspaper believes that kicking Huawei equipment out of the UK’s network will substantially increase the supplier’s financial burden, delay using the UK’s 5G network, affect relations with China, dim the economic outlook Brexit, and affect the UK. Long-term market economy reputation.

In May, Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang told the BBC: More suppliers means more competition, innovation, and better network reliability, which is essential to ensure that consumers can get the best technology. 

He cited a study published by the British network operator industry organization last year: Excluding Huawei will seriously delay the (UK) 5G construction and cause the British economy to suffer up to 7 billion pounds in losses.

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