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UK plans cut in Huawei's 5G network involvement - newspaper report

 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson opens the Hidden Harms Summit via Zoom from the White Room of 10 Downing Street during COVID-19 in London, Britain May 21, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

 

(Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to reduce Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's involvement in Britain's 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported https://bit.ly/2zmI2DE.

 

Johnson has asked officials to make plans to reduce China's involvement in British infrastructure to zero by 2023, the newspaper reported late on Friday.

 

Johnson is expected to use less reliance on China as a means to boost trade talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Britain's departure from the European Union, according to the newspaper.

 

Downing Street declined to comment. Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

Earlier on Friday, The Times reported that Johnson has instructed civil servants to make plans to end Britain's reliance on China for vital medical supplies and other strategic imports.

 

Beijing is being criticised for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which began in China. Beijing denies U.S. allegations it has not been transparent about the outbreak.

 

"He (Johnson) still wants a relationship with China but the Huawei deal is going to be significantly scaled back. Officials have been instructed to come up with a plan to reduce Huawei's involvement as quickly as possible," a source was quoted by the Telegraph as saying.

 

The development would be a change of direction for Britain, which in late April confirmed it would allow Huawei to have a role in building its 5G phone network.

 

Britain decided in January to allow Huawei into what the government said were non-sensitive parts of the network, capping its involvement at 35%.

 

The United States has raised security concerns about Huawei equipment, and warned that allies that use it in their networks risked being cut off from valuable intelligence sharing feeds.

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; editing by Sonya Hepinstall and Grant McCool)

 

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25 minutes ago, rooster59 said:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to reduce Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's involvement in Britain's 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus crisis

That´s a good decision Boris! Now you really helped the development of technology in the aftermath of the virus. Frankenstein comes to mind.

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8 minutes ago, Baerboxer said:

 

So you believe the Huawei CEO when he states they are free from Chinese government interference and would never ever do anything unethical?

 

Frankenstein's monster's brain comes to mind.

Why would I need to believe that? It´s the modern and the high quality technology they are after, nothing else. After that it´s up to the customer to have control of the system and protect themself.

If you in anyway are trying to put any talk about responsibility of the virus into this, it will neither have any place. The only thing we are talking about is a product and a buyer. That has nothing to do with the Chinese government or who we wish to blame the virus on.

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5 hours ago, rooster59 said:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to reduce Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's involvement in Britain's 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported https://bit.ly/2zmI2DE.

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The development would be a change of direction for Britain, which in late April confirmed it would allow Huawei to have a role in building its 5G phone network.

 

Britain decided in January to allow Huawei into what the government said were non-sensitive parts of the network, capping its involvement at 35%.

 

So is the telegraph insinuating covid-19 prompted this change of heart?

 

Yeah right.

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Regarding reliance on Chinese products, after checking down on Ebay and Lazada and noticing that 97% of goods for sale are from China, one can only wonder what the other consumer item manufacturing countries are doing ? After buying a "Made in China" power bar recently and plugging in a small kettle, there was an immediate explosion and puff of smoke. A destructive investigation revealed that the internal copper wiring was slightly thicker than a human hair, which incidentally is very good for reducing cost of manufacture and hence the competition 🙂

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18 minutes ago, Keesters said:

China will regret forever the releasing of WuFlu upon the world. 

Saw this recent photo in the Cambodian press which interested me. It was taken at a ceremony to open a new section of the highway linking Sihanoukville with Phnom Penh - look at the road signs in Khmer and English!!

 

Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, Cambodia

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