A powerful British election lawmaker The new British prime minister said on Friday it is urgent to make a decision on China’s Huawei’s role in next-generation 5G networks as ongoing debate is hurting international relations.
Britain has emerged as a key battlefield in a geopolitical battle over Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest maker of telecom networking equipment.
China has warned Britain that foreclosure might hurt investment and trade.
The United States has threatened to disrupt the intelligence sharing with allies using the company’s equipment, which it says could be exploited by Beijing for espionage.
Britain’s National Security Council, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, convened to discuss the issue in April and made the decision to block Huawei from all critical parts of the 5G network but to grant him limited access to the less sensitive parts.
The final decision for Huawei was supposed to have been taken by the British government, but the May decision to abandon has hindered the process. Its replacement, whether Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt or former London mayor, Boris Johnson, who is presiding, will be installed next week.
“Such an important decision requires careful scrutiny,” Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Commission (ISC) said in a statement. “However, the extension of the delay is now causing serious damage to our international relations: a decision should be taken as an urgent matter.”
The ISC said that cyber security chiefs of Britain had been clear that the issue was not for a country or company, but national networks should be able to cope with every single attack, misdirection, or simple human error.
The Commission said this was best achieved by diversifying suppliers and the issue at this point for 5G was that there were only three companies running – Huawei, Nokia (HE: NOKIA) and Ericsson (BS: ERICAs). Less dependence and competition have resulted in lower security standards, she said.
The ISC said, “Therefore, including a third company – even if you may have some security concerns around them and will need to set a higher level for security measures within the system – will result in a greater counterclaim high overall security “.
He said that Vice President Huawei, Victor Zhang, said he supported comments from the committee on diversity of suppliers. “We agree that diversity improves network resilience.”
However, the ISC acknowledged that the decision was not merely technical and that the government had to consider political concerns and should not do anything to jeopardize the “Five Eyes” alliance of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and Zelanda young.
He argued that China would understand whether Huawei would be expelled as Beijing would not allow a British company to play a role in its national critical infrastructure.
“Public debate implies that we have to choose between good economic ties with China and our national security … This is a simple stand, and those who promote it do an injury in China,” she said./Investing.com