UK accuses Huawei of collusion with the Chinese government
The United Kingdom government has officially released a report, condemning Huawei’s presence in the country and saying there is a “clear evidence of collusion” with the “Chinese Communist Party apparatus”.
Huawei has issued a response, saying the report lacks credibility and is based on opinion rather than fact. A spokesman for the company was quoted by BBC saying “people will see through these accusations and remember what Huawei has delivered for Britain over the past 20 years”.
According to findings the House of Commons defence committee made, Huawei has been financed by the Chinese government, allowing the company to sell its products at a “ridiculously low price point.” One researcher also claimed Huawei had engaged in “a variety of intelligence, security, and intellectual property activities”.
The committee concluded in the report that “it is clear that Huawei is strongly linked to the Chinese state and the Chinese Communist Party, despite its statements to the contrary.”
Currently, UK companies have been banned from trading 5G equipment with Huawei and have to remove any installed by 2027. When the committee tried to push forward the date to 2025, BT and Vodafone representatives said such moves might cause signal blackouts.
Some MPs warned that blocking Huawei in the UK might have repercussions in other sectors of the economy, so the report recommends more work to be done with allies to ensure there are other suppliers of telecoms equipment.