Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Anti-Huawei UK lawmakers conducting 'witch-hunt', says Chinese ambassador

Anti-Huawei UK lawmakers conducting 'witch-hunt', says Chinese ambassador

A group of high-level conservatives have written to Tory MPs expressing concern over the government's decision to allow Chinese technology giant Huawei to play a role in building the UK's 5G network.

Recently, several former government ministers in the United Kingdom also wrote a letter to Conservative Party MPs expressing concern over Huawei's role in the UK's 5G networks.

"They are totally wrong, I think what they are doing is a kind of a witch-hunt".

Asked about reports that Mr Trump was "apoplectic with fury" when talking to the PM, Mr Pence said: "Well, I never comment on the president's private conversations with me, or others".

Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, said in an interview that a 16 per cent drop is "pretty big" and attributed it to many factors aside from the arrest of Meng and an impending decision on Huawei.

"China has always treated Nokia and Ericsson fairly in the construction of 5G networks", the statement said, adding that the firms were allowed to equip its own domestic networks.

Tories express concern over Huawei role in UK 5G network

"I remember, I met with Prime Minister Johnson".

Downing Street reportedly did not deny the claim and pointed towards a statement released on January 28 that said the Prime Minister spoke to Trump and updated him on the outcome of the UK's telecoms supply chain review. This suggestion comes in response to concerns over the position of Chinese company Huawei Technologies, one of the largest tech companies in the world.

But the senior Conservatives have said there are alternatives to the Chinese firm. The French government has confirmed that it'll make an objective decision in picking the right company for a 5G deal.

"Great respect to Attorney General Barr, but we believe the best way forward is what Ajit Pai announced just over the last several days", Pence said, referring to the Federal Communications Commission's chairman's efforts to free up more spectrum for 5G wireless use.

The letter comes after United States vice-president Mike Pence said the USA was "profoundly disappointed" with the UK's decision. Getting to 5G first will have advantages for China but this race is not just a tech or even an economic issue, it's also an issue for USA security. While it has spent years talking about the concept, which boils down to France buying from French - or at least Western-owned - suppliers of critical digital tech, Huawei has quietly built up significant price and technical advantages with its 5G mobile network equipment line.

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