New UK PM must take urgent decision on China’s Huawei 5G network: ISC head Dominic Grieve

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A woman stands at the booth of Huawei featuring 5G technology at the PT Expo in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. Picture taken September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.

London, July 19: A powerful British legislature committee on Friday said the new prime minister of the nation must take an urgent decision on whether to include the Chinese giant telecommunication Huawei Pvt Ltd in Britain’s next-generation 5G network amid the ongoing debate that is damaging international ties.

The United Kingdom’s national security council  headed by current Prime Minister Theresa May has held a meeting in April to discuss Huawei and reached a decision to ban the telecom giant from all key parts of the 5G network, though provided it restricted access to some less sensitive sections

Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) chairman Dominic Grieve said, “The new prime minister must take a decision as a matter of priority.”

In an official statement, the ISC and the UK’s cybersecurity chiefs had cleared the Huawei issue was never about one nation of firm, but that the system needs to be able to resist any attack, simple human error or malicious action, according to Reuters news reports.

“Therefore including a third company – even if you may have some security concerns about them and will have to set a higher bar for security measures within the system – will, counter-intuitively, result in higher overall security,” the ISC said.

It also argued Beijing would understand if its Huawei firm was excluded as China would not permit a British entity to play a key role in its critical national infrastructure.

“Such an important decision, therefore, requires careful consideration,” the ISC statement said. “However, the extent of the delay is now causing damage to our international relationships: a decision must be made as a matter of urgency.”


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