Prime Minister Boris Johnson is asking his subordinates to plan to reduce the participation of Huawei China Technology Group in the UK 5G mobile network, according to the Telegraph newspaper.
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The Telegraph, in an article published late Friday, May 22, said Prime Minister Johnson had asked British government officials to plan to reduce China’s involvement in infrastructure. The UK goes down to zero by 2023.
Prime Minister Johnson’s move comes as he prepares to travel to the United States for the G7 summit next month. This is the first visit to Washington by the British Prime Minister since the corona virus outbreak broke out throughout Europe and the United States.
The Telegraph asserts that Mr. Johnson will likely use China’s leverage of reduced reliance on China as a means of facilitating trade negotiations with US President Donald Trump. The United States of America and the United Kingdom have been negotiating bilateral trade agreements after London left the European Union.
On Friday morning, the Times reported that Prime Minister Johnson had directed his subordinates to plan to end Britain’s dependence on China for important medical supplies and imported goods. other strategic export.
The Chinese regime is being condemned internationally for its handling of the corona virus pandemic, especially in the early stages of an outbreak in Wuhan City. However, Beijing vehemently denies the allegations of the United States and its allies and insists it has been transparent to the world about the corona virus.
The Telegraph quoted an anonymous source as saying: “He (Johnson) still wants to maintain relations with China but the deal with Huawei will be significantly narrowed. He directed British government officials to plan to reduce Huawei’s involvement [vào mạng 5G Anh Quốc] as soon as possible”.
This new development in the UK is a significant change in their policy towards China compared to the first months of this year.
The UK in January decided to allow Huawei to participate in building 5G mobile networks in 35% of what London calls non-essential.
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By the end of April, Prime Minister Johnson’s government had once again confirmed it allowed Huawei to participate in the construction of 5G networks in the United Kingdom despite warnings from the Trump administration.
The United States over the past few years has raised security concerns about Huawei equipment. Washington has warned allies that using Huawei equipment in national networks poses a great security risk, and the United States could cut off sharing valuable intelligence with its allies. of Chinese technology corporation.
Reuters said it had contacted the British Government Office and Huawei Corporation to request comments on the Telegraph posted, but has not received a response.