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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The Chinese tech giant Huawei poses a “real risk” to UK security, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned.
Mr Pompeo made the remarks to reporters as he travelled to Britain saying London still had a chance to re-evaluate its decision.
"This is an extension of the Chinese Communist Party with a legal requirement to hand over information to the Chinese Community Party. We’ll evaluate what the United Kingdom did," he said.
“We will make sure that when American information passes across a network we are confident that that network is a trusted one."
Mr Pompeo’s visit to the UK had been billed as one of support to America's close ally just before Britain departs from the European Union.
However, the visit comes at a delicate moment for the special relationship between Britain and the United States. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be looking to make progress on a trade deal with Mr Pompeo.
The US, which shares intelligence with Britain through an alliance of five countries that also includes Canada, Australia and New Zealand has consistently called on Britain to block Huawei’s involvement in its 5G network.
The US has placed Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications company, on a blacklist on the basis that its technology may allow a backdoor to Chinese espionage.
The tech company’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is the daughter of the company’s founder, is battling a US extradition request to Canada over fraud charges.
The UK has decided that it can mitigate the security threat posed by Huawei by keeping the company out of central parts of its telecommunications network that handle sensitive data.
Under the rules laid out by London, the Chinese company will be limited to providing equipment like antennae which transmit directly to individuals’ personal devices.
Speaking in the British parliament, Mr Johnson defended the decision on the grounds that further limits or bans to Huawei’s involvement would slow the UK’s 5G roll out.
“It is absolutely vital people in this country do have access to the best technology available,” the British prime minister said.
The UK decision on Tuesday followed months of lobbying by both Washington and Beijing.
The EU has also recommended member states protect their core of their networks from high risk vendors, as Germany weighs its own decision on Huawei.
"Today we are equipping EU member states, telecoms operators and users with the tools to build and protect a European infrastructure with the highest security standards so we all fully benefit from the potential that 5G has to offer," European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton said.
Updated: January 29, 2020 10:02 PM
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