UK Times: PM Johnson seeking to end reliance on some China imports


The head of state's resort is created to ward off what might have been a humiliating loss when his existing proposition to reduce Huawei to a 35% market share was to be elected on in the Commons.

Senior Conservative members of parliament want to make sure that U.K.'s telecom networks, including 5G mobile phone infrastructure, don't include equipment from Huawei beyond 2023, on the basis that it could compromise national security.

Alleging that Huawei and its foreign affiliates stepped-up efforts to undermine the Entity list restrictions, the USA government last week rolled out new export controls aimed at limiting the Chinese technology giant's access to semiconductor technology.

A government spokesperson also told Times the "security & resilience of our networks is of paramount importance". Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The US has previously raised security concerns about the use of Huawei equipment, warning allies that use of it in their networks means they face being cut off from intelligence feeds. The move follows a tough stance taken by the U.S. against China over spying concerns related to its involvement in the 5G network.

The development would be a change of direction for Britain, which last month confirmed it would allow Huawei to have a role in building its 5G network.

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The pressure to do so intensified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic after reports emerged of China not warning the worldwide fraternity in due time to prepare for the crisis.

The US government alleged that China could use Huawei technology for spying purposes and added the company to the Entity List on May 16, 2019 in a bid to block the company's access to US technology.

5G, which promises faster mobile internet data speeds, a stable network that can handle more connections, and more bandwidth for a multitude of different technological applications, has been touted as being a way to bridge the digital divide in areas where broadband internet rollouts have been inconsistent. Chinese technology giant Huawei is one of the leading companies in this new generation connection technology.

Johnson's pivot will be welcome news for the US, which had intensely lobbied United Kingdom officials against using Huawei technology in the country's 5G networks.

Huawei's equipment is used in the UK's 5G networks.