Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Huawei chairman says ready to sign 'no-spy' deal with UK

Huawei chairman says ready to sign 'no-spy' deal with UK

Chinese telecom giant Huawei is willing to sign a "no-spy" agreement with countries including Britain, the firm's chairman said on Tuesday, as the head of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said Britain must preserve secure mobile networks.

President Donald Trump could sign an executive order effectively banning Chinese tech giant Huawei from the US's 5G network as early as this week.

Huawei's chairman has come over to the United Kingdom to do a bit of metaphorical firefighting in the wireless infrastructure world, and has come up with an wonderful plan to stop Western firms worrying about the tech firm handing the Chinese government access to our communications: promising it won't, via an innovative "no-spy" pledge.

Washington's broader geopolitical concerns have been heightened by a law enacted by Beijing in 2017 obliging Chinese companies to aid the government on national security issues.

In January, U.S. prosecutors charged two Huawei units in Washington state saying they conspired to steal T-Mobile US Inc trade secrets, and also charged Huawei and its chief financial officer with bank and wire fraud on allegations that the company violated sanctions against Iran.

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Amid United States pressure on European countries to avoid Huawei, Liang has traveled to the U.K., along with senior Huawei executives, to hold meetings with suppliers and partners to promote Huawei's mobile phone network kit. And the order might eventually name specific companies or countries as Commerce carries out the process.

"There are no Chinese laws requiring companies to collect intelligence from a foreign government or implant back doors for the government". USA officials said Huawei can build vulnerabilities, or backdoors, into equipment.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said last week he is waiting for the Commerce Department to express views on how to "define the list of companies" that would be prohibited under the FCC proposal.

-With assistance from Todd Shields and Dandan Li.

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