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The UK is preparing to ban Huawei from participating in the construction of the UK 5G network

The UK is preparing to ban Huawei from participating in the construction of the UK 5G network

According to British media reports, the British government will end the participation of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei in the construction of the UK's 5G telephone network-this policy shift will further aggravate the tension between London and Beijing, but will make Washington happy.

According to the UK's Sunday Telegraph, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reassessed the eavesdropping risk posed by the Chinese company.

British officials confirmed to VOA that the newspaper’s report was accurate.

Earlier, the NCSC affiliated with British intelligence agency GCHQ stated that the security risks brought by Huawei could be managed and mitigated by security. American intelligence agencies did not agree with this view. But the NCSC warned that the new restrictions imposed by the US on Huawei last month changed the situation.

UK cybersecurity executives now conclude that this sanction prevents Huawei from using components and semiconductors based on any U.S. intellectual property, which will mean that the telecommunications giant will have to use untrusted components, thereby increasing security risk.

British officials are working out a timetable for the removal of Huawei equipment already installed in the 5G network. British Telecom companies BT and Vodafone have asked the govt to permit them to strip Huawei’s components from their existing 5G infrastructure by 2030, but officials say Downing Street wants to take faster action, even if this It means slowing down the launch of new networks.

The chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, Tom Tugendhat, welcomed the reports. He said that It is very welcome for the government to change its mind.

The policy reversal in this plan was due to a diplomatic dispute between the United Kingdom and Beijing due to the introduction of the Hong Kong version of the National Security Law by the Chinese government. The law allows Chinese security agencies to arrest Hong Kong's pro-democracy movements. Despite Beijing's anger, Britain announced that Hong Kong residents will be allowed to move to Britain.

In January of this year, British Prime Minister Johnson decided to allow Huawei to play a limited role in building the less critical part of the country’s next-generation mobile communications network, which hit the United States’ urge to allies to boycott the telecommunications giant.

This year, Trump administration has urged Britain and other allies to ban Huawei from participating within the development of 5th-generation wireless networks. US officials warn of high risks-this company with close links to Chinese intelligence is likely to become a Trojan horse for Beijing spy agencies, enabling them to scan data and collect intelligence.

With Britain preparing to stop Huawei, this will make Canada the only member of the Five Eyes Alliance that has not excluded Huawei from 5G development.

Huawei issued a statement on Sunday saying that it is still willing to discuss with the British government and accused the United States of trying to enhance the market position of American companies. Company officials say any decision to change the company's role in the UK's 5G network is based on wrong assumptions.

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