US officials were in London on Monday in a last-ditch effort to persuade British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government not to allow Huawei equipment to be used on its network.
The delegation argued that there was no way the UK could reduce the security risks posed by Huawei having access to the network, Bloomberg reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the meeting.
Huawei is the world’s second-largest phone manufacturer by volume, but it has struggled to make a dent in the US, partly because of concerns expressed by the government, including the House Intelligence Committee. The US has that Huawei maintains a with the Chinese government, creating fear that equipment from these manufacturers could be used to spy on other countries and companies., the and
Johnson is reportedly ready to follow “non-contentious” parts of the UK’s next-generation wireless infrastructure. That move would run contrary to the position of US President Donald Trump, who because of its alleged links to the Chinese government.‘s lead and give the access to
Johnson’s government has determined that some of Huawei’s technology isn’t available in the West, so Britain’s next-generation wireless infrastructure could be left behind if it doesn’t do business with the Chinese company. Britain is expected to make a decision about whether to include the Chinese company’s equipment in the network later this month.
Huawei representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.