Britain says USA action will play a role in Huawei decision

Huawei had repeatedly denied spying allegations

Huawei had repeatedly denied spying allegations

A decision was made to restrict Huawei from core parts of the 5G network but allow limited access to non-core parts by Britain's National Security Council, now chaired by Prime Minister Theresa May, who hosted a meeting to discuss the Huawei issue in April.

The Government has since insisted that no final decision has been made on Huawei with a review of the issue now ongoing. Consequently, operators have also urged the government to urgently make its position known whether it would allow Huawei to bid for 5G contracts in Britain. "It will send a very bad message not only to Huawei but also to Chinese businesses", Ambassador Liu Xiaoming told the BBC.

Britain has been under pressure from the U.S. not to give Huawei any role in the building of the 5G network because of spying concerns.

Mrs. May's decision to allow Huawei even peripheral access to the network was met with disapproval from intelligence chiefs and the defence and foreign secretaries, Gavin Williamson and Jeremy Hunt, on the basis that it could damage US-UK relations.

Britain cannot disregard USA restrictions on China's Huawei in deciding whether the equipment maker can participate in the roll-out of next generation 5G networks, British digital minister Jeremy Wright said today.

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Huawei had repeatedly denied spying allegations.

The United States has severely limited Huawei's access to the U.S. market and US-made technology over the past two years amid fears that its equipment, especially that for the coming next-generation 5G wireless markets, could offer Chinese intelligence services a back door to USA communications.

"I don't think it would be realistic not to recognise that, when you have a hugely interconnected sector, when you have a situation where even Huawei equipment has USA componentry and IP in it, you can't disregard what the United States administration decide to do", he told reporters.

Last week, China stepped up its counter-offensive, warning major U.S. tech companies that they could be cut off altogether from the Chinese market if they roll back their sales of sensitive products to Chinese companies like Huawei.

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