Reuters, November 30 The British government announced on Monday that British telecom companies will not be allowed to install new Huawei equipment in 5G construction after September 2021. According to the report, the UK has requested that all Huawei devices be removed from its 5G network by the end of 2027.
“I am setting a clear path for removing high-risk vendors completely from our 5G network,” Oliver Dowden, the UK’s digital secretary, said in a statement. It is reported that the British government has also announced a new strategy to diversify the 5G supply chain, including an initial investment of £250 million, a pilot cooperation with Japan Electric Corporation, and the establishment of new research facilities.
On November 25, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in response to the question that “the United Kingdom will introduce a new law prohibit Huawei from participating in the construction of 5G networks in the United Kingdom”: Without any conclusive evidence, the British side has repeatedly cooperated with the United States to discriminate against and suppress Chinese enterprises under the pretext of false risks.
However, it violates the principles of market economy and the rules of free trade, seriously harms the legitimate interests of Chinese enterprises, and constantly impacts the basis of mutual trust between China and Britain. Against this background, the openness, fairness and security of foreign investment in the UK are of high concern.
Oliver Dowden announced in July that the UK had decided to stop using Huawei devices in 5G construction. According to a report by www.huanqiu.com at that time, Edward Brewster, spokesman of Huawei’s British Affairs Department, responded: “This disappointing decision is bad news for all mobile phone users in the UK. Unfortunately, Huawei’s future development in the UK has been politicized. This move stems from U.S. trade policy, not security issues.”