The Chinese government has opposed the UK’s decisions to burn the purchase of Huawei’s 5G kits.
On Thursday, the British digital secretary announced that the country’s telecommunications networks would no longer be allowed to buy a new Huawei 5G kit from December 31 and that all such devices should be removed from mobile networks by 2027.
Besides, BT’s Openreach and other broadband infrastructure providers have been instructed to stop using Huawei devices for the introduction of full-fiber broadband in the coming years.
State Department spokesman Hua Chunying said Beijing will take measures to safeguard the legitimate interests of Chinese companies.
The US, which also supported the UK decision, has also announced new restrictions on the company.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would restrict travel access for some Huawei employees.
During the press conference, he said the State Department would impose restrictions on certain employees of Chinese technology companies such as Huawei that would materially support regimes that are involved in human rights abuses and violations worldwide.
Mr. Pompeo also commented on the fact that the UK had set up cellular networks to remove Huawei’s 5G devices by 2027, saying faster is always better.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump appeared to have recognized the UK’s decision.
The US leader said he was convinced that many countries and the U.S. had largely done so not to use Huawei, as we consider this an unsafe security risk.
Mr. Trump made the comments which were one way to increase pressure on Beijing by announcing an executive regulation that ended preferential treatment for Hong Kong in response to a new security law introduced by China.
Huawei itself has repeatedly said that it would not harm any country.
China’s ambassador to China, Liu Xiaoming, is saddened that the decision to ban Huawei’s 5G kit is not only disappointing but also daunting. He added that the way others treat Huawei is being closely followed by other Chinese companies.
The Foreign Minister, MS Hua, probably spoke an even stronger language. She said the British side had used baseless risks as an excuse to work with the United States and had violated the UK’s relevant commitments. She added that all decisions and actions must be costly.
The Chinese government’s adviser, Mr. Huiyao Wang, was quoted on the BBC radio saying Beijing still hopes the 2027 ban could be lifted before it comes into force.
Even if it is reversed, it will already affect other Chinese investments across the UK.
The founder of the Center for China and Globalization think tank said that this is against the British tradition of being an open liberal leader in free trade and is likely to have a very negative impact.
Former director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, said the decision made a crucial difference. He added that it drives the entire production and design as well as testing to China. It also makes it extremely difficult for anyone to see what’s going on.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.