Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May has approved China’s tech giant Huawei to build its own next-generation 5G network, setting asides cautions and warning from the United States and British senior ministers, the Daily Telegraph has on Wednesday reported.
British national security council, chaired by the prime minister, has agreed on Tuesday to provide the approval to Chinese Huawei but limited access to building its “noncore” 5G infrastructure like antennas, according to news reports.
May made this decision despite raised concerns over her approach by foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, international development secretary Penny Mordaunt, international trade secretary Liam Fox, homeland secretary Sajid Javid and defence secretary Gavin Williamson.
Washington has banned Huawei’s building 5G technology from its nation and has also urged its allies – New Zealand, Australia, Canada and British – to follow his instruction. The US has long lobbied Europe to ban Huawei tech, stating the threat of espionage by the Chinese government using Huawei equipment.
However, Huawei and the Chinese government have repeatedly dismissed such allegations levelled against them by the United States and allies.
Huawei is a tech giant which is leading the manufacturer of equipment for the next-generation 5G network.
Last month, the European Commission has urged the European Union countries to share additional data to handle cybersecurity threats and risks related to the 5G network of Huawei, saying they will ignore the United States calls to impose ban over Huawei technologies.
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