United Kingdom security chiefs: Huawei risk in 5G can be contained

United Kingdom security chiefs: Huawei risk in 5G can be contained

China's government accused Washington on Monday of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said tech giant Huawei and other telecom equipment suppliers are a security threat.

The spokesman, Geng Shuang, said Washington was trying to "fabricate an excuse for suppressing the legitimate development" of Chinese companies.

The UK's mobile and internet providers are already heavily reliant on Huawei for their networks, but the U.S. has argued newer 5G networks are more complex and using the Chinese company's kit poses an unacceptable risk. Huawei has always denied it is in collusion with its government.

"Other nations can make the argument that if the British are confident of mitigation against national security threats then they can also reassure their publics and the USA administration that they are acting in a prudent manner in continuing to allow their telecommunications service providers to use Chinese components as long as they take the kinds of precautions recommended by the British", the source told the newspaper.

According to the Financial Times, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) believes it can mitigate the risks posed by Huawei's 5G network equipment without needing to ban it entirely.

China rejects the USA position, saying Washington has provided no evidence Huawei threatens national security.

As reported by the Financial Times, the decision hasn't been made public yet (although we'd be really interested to read the data it's based on) but is likely to "carry great weight" with decision-makers.

European officials, including a vice-president of the European Union, have expressed concern about Chinese regulations issued previous year that require companies to co-operate with intelligence agencies. However, there's a government decision due around April to say whether or not Huawei will be barred from contributing equipment to the UK's 5G network.

Chinese giant Huawei should not be banned from involvement in United Kingdom infrastructure despite spying fears, a report from British intelligence chiefs claims.

The United States has released no evidence to support its accusations against Huawei and other tech companies.

"China has not and will not require companies or individuals to collect or provide foreign countries' information for the Chinese government by installing backdoors or other actions that violate local laws", said Geng. The National Cyber Security Centre said this summer that it had concerns about the engineering and security of Huawei's networks.

'We have set out the improvements we expect the company to make.

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