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China claims to know real reason for UK Huawei ban – Reuters

An ex-British minister has claimed London sued the Chinese tech giant on Washington’s orders

Beijing has described claims made by a former British minister last month, and recently uncovered by the media, as further evidence that London’s 2020 ban on Huawei was not a national security issue.

Speaking on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the “national securityThe story was used as a mere pretext by Western nations when they imposed restrictions on the tech giant last year. The diplomat reportedly said the pressure was driven by a US desire to hamper Chinese high-tech companies. His comments followed claims by ex-British minister Vince Cable made last month, which have recently been unearthed by the media.

Speaking at a panel discussion titled ‘China: Partner or Opponent?’ in early December, Cable, who served as the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015, said that “raison” Great Britain “disengaged from China and Huawei and 5G has nothing to do with UK national security.“He added that London was simply”said by americans” that it had to be done.

Cable also insisted that during his five-year tenure as minister, when he addressed the issue, he had been “repeatedly reassured by the intelligence community, who should know, that our transactions were completely safe.“The short clip ends with Cable lamenting that the UK”would now be at the forefront of countries using the most advanced telecommunications technology“had London”preserved with 5G.

On July 14, 2020, the UK government ordered UK telecom companies to stop buying Huawei 5G equipment and phase out existing kits by 2027. Commenting on the decision against Chinese tech giant, Oliver Dowden, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture and Media and Sport at the time, admitted that the rollout of 5G networks could be delayed”two to three years” therefore. He added, however, that the decision was “the good for Britain’s telecommunications networks, for our national security and our economy, now and in the long term.“Several months earlier, the US government imposed sweeping restrictions on Huawei, also citing national security concerns.

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Washington began its crusade against Huawei under President Donald Trump – a policy that saw no significant change when the Biden administration took over. The US government suspects that the company’s 5G equipment could be used for espionage by Chinese intelligence services, pointing to Huawei’s close ties to the Chinese Communist Party. The tech giant, however, has vehemently denied the claims from the start.

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