Boris Johnson is expected to ban Huawei from the UK 5G network and to rage China, but he delights US President Donald Trump to claim that the world’s largest supplier of telecommunication devices is not invited to the West.
The US has pushed Johnson to reverse his January decision to allow Huawei a restricted 5G role, whereas London has been dismayed by repression in Hong Kong, with China interpreting the whole truth about the coronavirus not to be told.
Now that Britain is preparing to withdraw from the European Union, Johnson is risking the wrath of the second-largest economy in the world by ordering purging of the Huawei equipment that the US says can be used to spy on the West.
On Tuesday morning, Johnson convened a meeting of Britain’s National Security Council to discuss the topic of Huawei. The decision is declared to the House at about 1130 GMT(5:30 p.m. IST) by media secretary Oliver Dowden.
The immediate justification for the changeover to policy is the impact of new US chip technologies sanctions, which London says affect Huawei’s ability to remain a trusted supplier.
The environment secretary George Eustice revealing to Sky News, as they asked about Huawei, “The condition has certainly changed somewhat with some of the restrictions the USA put in.
The United States concerns that 5G supremacy is a step for Chinese technological dominance, and will characterize the geopolitics of the 21st century, as contrasted with the Cold War antagonism with the Soviet Union.
5G will become the nervous system of the future economy with faster data and increased capacity-carrying data on everything from global financial flows to critical infrastructures such as energy, defence and transport.
Since Australia first recognized 5G’s disruptive potential if controlled by a hostile state, Huawei has become more and more concerned for the West.
White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien is meeting in Paris this week to address security, like 5G, with officials from France, the UK, Germany and Italy.
UK Telecoms companies have already had to cap the role of Huawei in 5G by 2023 at 35%. It is now being considered to be reduced to nil in another two or four years, but moving too quickly could interrupt infrastructure and prove costly.
The West is seeking to create a group of Huawei competitors to build 5G networks. Some large-scale suppliers of telecoms equipment include Ericsson from Sweden and Nokia from Finland.