Today, China released a warning that the United Kingdom should not discriminate against firms that are involved in developing the 5G network and to resist the pressure from other nations over whether it should work with the Technologies of Huawei.
Huawei is considered as the biggest telecoms equipment maker of the world. It is under intense scrutiny after the United States informed its allies not to use the technology of the company due to fears that it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying. Huawei has since denied the issue.
Last Wednesday, some sources informed Reuters that the National Security Council (NSC) of the United Kingdom had decided to bar Huawei from all of the core parts of the 5G network of the country and restrict its access to non-core parts.
In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, Liu Xiaoming, the ambassador of China to Britain, defended that Huawei as having a good track record on security and said that the United Kingdom should “make decisions independently and in accordance with their national interests”.
He wrote: “The last thing the world needs is the introduction of any sort of discriminatory measures towards companies involved in 5G network development. The last thing China expects from a truly open and fair ‘global Britain’ is a playing field that is not level.”
Liu said that the security concerns regarding the development of 5G networks were understandable, however, could it happen?
He stated: “The risks should be taken seriously but risks must not be allowed to incite fear. They can be managed, provided countries and companies work together.”