United Kingdom 'doesn't need to ban' Huawei 5G kit


HUAWEI'S PERCIEVED THREATS to security could be managed, according to United Kingdom cybersecurity chiefs.

The decision may have wide-reaching effects across Europe, the FT suggests, noting that the United Kingdom is the only European member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, in which the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada share intelligence data.

The head of MI6 had also warned against using Huawei equipment, asking whether Britain s needs to think if it's comfortable "with Chinese ownership of these technologies".

US Vice President Mike Pence, speaking this week in Germany, urged European allies to take seriously "the threat" he said was posed by Chinese networks maker Huawei as they look for partners to build the new 5G mobile networks.

BT is removing Huawei electronics from parts of its network amid fears of spying.

It should be pointed out that so far, GCHQ has found no evidence that Huawei has put backdoors or is otherwise in league with the Chinese state fuelling speculation that this has been largely caused by jingoism from the US.

"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 U.S. 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".

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Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, also a world leader in 5G technologies, has been accused by the USA of conducting espionage with its high-speed telecommunications systems.

The US says that Beijing might use Chinese tech companies to gather intelligence about foreign countries.

The U.S. Justice Department last month unsealed charges against Huawei, its chief financial officer - who had been arrested in Vancouver - and several of the companies' subsidiaries, alleging not only violation of trade sanctions but also the theft of trade secrets.

Last month Ms Meng, who is the daughter of the Huawei founder, was charged with wire fraud that violated USA sanctions on Iran.

While Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei from providing equipment for their 5G networks, the NCSC's conclusion would "carry great weight" with European leaders.

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre admitted last 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, an NCSC spokeswoman said on Monday.