Johnson risks Trump rift after approving 5G role for Huawei

Elias Hubbard
January 29, 2020

So the Chinese telecoms giant is safe enough to be given a role in the new 5G network.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to meet Dominic Raab today, following Boris Johnson's controversial Huawei decision.

Washington has banned Huawei from the rollout of the next-generation mobile network that offers nearly instantaneous data transfer because of concerns that the firm could be under the control of Beijing, an allegation it strongly denies.

Ministers and government officials made the decision at a meeting of the National Security Council on Tuesday.

They say the use of Huawei equipment is limited and it will be banned from sensitive areas such as nuclear facilities or military bases.

In addition, earlier on Tuesday, Republican Senator Tom Cotton called on the US Director of National Intelligence to review intelligence sharing between Washington and London, and investigate Huawei's role in the development of United Kingdom 5G network.

Democratic Senator Mark Warner, vice chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, on Tuesday said that he was "disappointed" by the United Kingdom decision to allow the Chinese company to proceed with work on developing the nation's 5G network.

"We continue to urge all countries to carefully assess the long-term national security and economic impacts of allowing untrusted vendors access to important 5G network infrastructure".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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