Using Huawei in United Kingdom 5G network 'would be madness', U.S. claims

Huawei could help develop the UK's 5G mobile phone network

Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) has introduced a bill that seeks to prohibit US intelligence agencies from sharing information with countries that use Huawei's 5G networking equipment, citing national security risks.

The delegation that arrived in London had been put together by President Donald Trump and was led by his deputy national security advisor, Matt Pottinger.

A delegation from the USA capital - including Donald Trump's deputy national security adviser, Matt Pottinger - presented British ministers with new technical evidence on Monday about the risks, according to the Financial Times. That's not good enough, according to the US delegation, who brought to London a dossier of information outlining the security threat such a network would create.

Responding to the interview, Johnson's spokesman said: "When a decision has been made we will provide an update to parliament".

The U.S. government began urging its allies to drop Huawei from it critical telecommunications infrastructure past year, arguing that Huawei can't be trusted not to enable the Chinese government's espionage operations.


Such an ominous prediction apparently did not strike a chord with the British intelligence community itself, however, with the head of MI5 Andrew Parker telling the Financial Times in the recent interview that he had "no reason to think" the intelligence sharing agreement between the United Kingdom and the U.S. would be in any danger if the British government refused to shut the door for Huawei.

However, UK officials have suggested they are not anxious that such a review would lead to any substantive change in behaviour.

The US has long maintained that Huawei's telecommunications equipment may be created to spy on foreign corporations and countries on behalf of the Chinese government - something that both the company and Beijing have vehemently denied.

Huawei has consistently denied that it has ever been asked by the Chinese government to introduce secret "back doors" into its technology.

The government under former prime minister Theresa May granted the Chinese telecoms giant restricted access to build "non-core" infrastructure such as antennas, but said it would be blocked from involvement in the most sensitive areas of the network.

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