Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

UK's Johnson Stresses US Ties in Huawei Decision

UK's Johnson Stresses US Ties in Huawei Decision

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted the United Kingdom could follow some of its global security allies by restricting or banning Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from its fifth generation telecommunication networks.

Speaking at this week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Mr Johnson acknowledged that the "key criterion" regarding the company was whether use of its technology would impact the UK's intelligence sharing partnerships.

But the day after Trump left the country, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was spotted taking a selfie - with a phone manufactured by Huawei. And a White House spokesman said that the leaders discussed "the importance of both nations working together to ensure the security of our telecommunication networks and guard against untrusted providers".

Mr Johnson suggested Huawei's involvement in Britain's 5G systems would "prejudice vital national security interests" ahead of him revealing his final decision after the General Election.

The Chinese giant Huawei also remains the subject of a Government review into whether it should be allowed into "non-essential" parts of United Kingdom 5G infrastructure.

Speaking at the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation 70th anniversary leaders' meeting in the UK Johnson said: "On Huawei and 5G, I don't want this country to be unnecessarily hostile to investment from overseas".

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"On the other hand, we can not prejudice our vital national security", he added. "Nor can we prejudice our ability to co-operate with our Five-Eyes security partners and that will be the key criteria that informs our decision".

'I spoke to Italy, they survey esteem they're no longer going to head forward with that. I spoke to other countries, they are not going to go forward.

'Everybody I have spoken to is not going forward, but how many countries can I speak to? Am I going to name up and focus on to your entire world?

"The government... needs to consider whether the use of Huawei's technology would jeopardise this country's ongoing co-operation with our major allies", it warned.

The participation of Huawei in the UK's 5G network has been up in the air since the U.S. voiced its concerns over China and security.

"We agree with the "need to rely on secure and resilient systems" as outlined in the Nato Declaration - our 5G equipment is trusted by leading telecoms operators globally and we will continue to provide our customers with innovative, secure and resilient products".

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