Huawei 5G: British Prime Minister changes caliber, Huawei becomes “potential enemy supplier”

Faced with the increased US sanctions against Huawei and the internal and external pressures brought about by Hong Kong’s National Security Act, the UK began to reassess Huawei’s reliability in 5G networks.

The British prime minister, who once insisted that he could partially use Huawei equipment, also began to change his caliber, describing Huawei as a “potentially hostile country supplier.”

On Thursday (July 2), British Prime Minister Johnson said that he should act cautiously on Huawei’s decision because the government does not want important foundations to be constrained by “potentially hostile country suppliers.”

In response to a question about the participation of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in the construction of the UK’s 5G network, the British prime minister said, “I don’t want to see the risk that the country’s critical infrastructure will be controlled by potential hostile country suppliers in any way.”

On Tuesday (June 30), the British Secretary of Culture told the National Assembly’s National Defense Committee that US sanctions may affect the feasibility of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei participating in the UK’s 5G network.

In May, the Trump administration tightened sanctions on Huawei, restricting companies that use American technology to supply chips to Huawei. The new US sanctions prompted the UK to start evaluating the impact on Huawei’s participation in the construction of the UK’s communications network. Culture Minister Oliver Dowden said that last month he ordered an emergency review and it may be necessary to change Huawei’s policy.

The British government made a decision in January this year to allow the UK network to use Huawei 5G technology, but the decision has always caused controversy in the UK. The Guardian reported that on Tuesday (June 30), Oliver Dawden told members of the committee, “Considering Huawei’s sanctions and the wide-ranging sanctions, Huawei’s viability as a supplier of 5G networks will be affected influences”.