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The post-Trump era. Huawei asks Britain to reconsider ban

 

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Victor Chang, vice president of Huawei China, said Britain should reconsider its decision to ban Huawei's 5G communications equipment manufacturer in the post-Us President Donald Trump era

Zhang's remarks to Britain's The Guardian come as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met monday with The Northern Research Group, a pressure group of Conservative MPs determined to turn the prime minister's agenda of compromise into reality.

Zhang urged Britain to remain true to its roots as the birthplace of the first industrial revolution, saying the Johnson government "cannot lag behind in the fifth generation revolution."

Last July, after pressure from the Trump administration, the UK government backtracked on a plan to allow Huawei to be a controlled supplier of 5G networks, instead ordering the removal of Huawei equipment from the country's 5G networks by 2027.

Ministers said at the time that the retreat was not due to the security threat posed by Huawei, but because of the Trump administration's decision to ban Huawei's use of U.S. technology.

 

"The decision will have a major economic impact on the UK. The United Kingdom wants to see a balance in investment between London and the south-east, the centre and the north of England. World-class connectivity is critical to achieving this goal, and without it it is very difficult to close the gap in the UK's economic imbalance."

"The government itself has said that preventing Huawei from installing generation networks will lead to a three-year delay in the introduction of the 5G network, which will have a major economic impact." Many people are surprised by the magnitude of the impact of this delay. A third-party research by the independent research firm Assembly shows that the delay will have an impact of £18.2 billion ($21.5 million)."

"I hope that the government will be open, once the economic consequences are reviewed, and will reconsider, as a global company, that we want to work with governments to make sure they have growth policies in place. The decision was a political decision driven by Washington's perceptions of Huawei, not those of London. "The decision is motivated not by security, but because of the U.S.-China trade war, I hope the new U.S. administration will take a different approach from Donald Trump."

Zhang also expressed concerns that the UK's traditional role as an open trading nation was being challenged, saying: "There is something of concern to me about the UK, because the discussions here focus on geopolitical conflict rather than how to improve the UK economy, and making sure that the country once again seizes the opportunity to become a global leader after Brexit, at the end of this year. All this is essential for the UK's recovery after Corona and its exit from the era of trade, technology, EU-related digitization, and how to attract foreign investment."

Huawei's critics claim that even with its structure of independent shareholders, the Chinese Communist Party can direct the company at any moment to give its system a back door to spy on British communications. 

Source :https://www.cnet.com/news/huawei-ban-full-timeline-us-sanctions-china-trump-administation-qualcomm/

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