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China urges the UK not to discriminate against Huawei in the development of 5G

FILE PHOTO: A surveillance camera is seen in the front of the Huawei logo outside the factory campus in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China, on March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – China on Sunday warned Britain not to discriminate against companies that are involved in the development of the 5G network and to resist the pressure of other countries on the question of whether it should work with Huawei Technologies.

Huawei, the world’s largest telecom equipment maker, is under intensive monitoring after the United States, said the allies not to use the company’s technology because of the fear that can be a vehicle for Chinese spying. Huawei refused to do this.

Sources told Reuters on Wednesday, Britain’s National Security Council (NSC) had decided to bar Huawei from all major parts of the country the 5G network and limiting the access to non-core parts.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, China’s ambassador in Britain, Liu Xiaoming, defended Huawei have a good track record on safety and said that Britain should ‘decisions independently and in accordance with their national interests”.

“The last thing the world needs is the introduction of a kind of discriminatory measures in the direction of companies that are involved in 5G network development. The last thing China expected of a truly open and honest ‘global Britain’ is a field that is not level,” he wrote.

Liu said safety concerns about the development of 5G networks were understandable, but could be managed.

“The risks should be taken seriously, but the risks should not be allowed to convert to fear. They can be managed, provided that countries and companies work together,” he said.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Editing by Dale Hudson

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