LONDON (Reuters) – Britain may not be a final decision on allowing China’s Huawei a limited role in building parts of the 5G network, the AMERICAN President Donald Trump ‘ s national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: U. S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks during a graduation ceremony at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, USA, on 22 May 2019. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin
The Trump administration, which has affirmed Huawei and tried to prevent the purchase of AMERICAN goods, has told the allies not to make use of the 5G-technology and equipment because of the fear it would allow China to spy on the sensitive communications and data.
Britain’s National Security Council, chaired by the prime Minister, Theresa May, met to discuss Huawei last month and a decision to block Huawei from all key parts of the 5G network, but to the limited access to non-core parts.
A final decision of the British cabinet of senior ministers was due to have happened in the past few weeks, but the promise to resign as prime minister, has come to a standstill of the process, the sources said. She is expected to be out of the office by the end of July.
When asked whether the United States would like to be the next British leader to take a harder stance, Huawei, Bolton said discussions with London were continued, but that Trump would probably increase when he visits next week.
“I’m not sure that this decision has achieved the first ministerial level in the final form. I mean, we’re still talking,” Bolton told reporters in London. “People are talking back and forth.”
“Everyone is catching up to the dangers, especially in the 5th generation of telecommunications systems, equipment of Huawei and possible others which may allow foreign governments a back door in telecommunications systems,” he said.
5G, which offer much faster data speeds and be the first stone of many sectors and networks, is seen as one of the biggest innovations since the birth of the internet itself a generation ago.
In what some have likened to the Cold War and arms race, the United States is worried 5G dominant position would give to a competitor, such as China an advantage, Washington is not ready to accept.
Huawei, founded in 1987 by a former engineer in China’s People’s Liberation Army, denies spies for Beijing, says it is in accordance with the law and that the United States try to lubricate, because Western companies are falling behind.
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Britain for a visit this month that it is necessary to change attitude towards China and Huawei, the casting of the second largest economy in the world as a threat to the West comparable to that once posed by the Soviet Union.
“Now is not the time for us to go wobbly,” Pompeo said in a speech on the so-called special relationship, to paraphrase what former prime minister Margaret Thatcher once famously told the late AMERICAN President George H. W. Bush.
Britain has said that it will announce the findings of a research into 5G suppliers to the parliament once the work has been completed, but the impending departure of the office has slowed the process.
Bolton said that the issue of Huawei and 5G it came down to a risk evaluation, but he reiterated the fundamental position of the United States that the division between core and not core, it is less clear when it comes to the 5G networks.
“5G is really not so easily divisible into core elements and peripheral elements,” Bolton said.
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“How much risk are you willing to accept that a foreign power is reading your mail all the time in their will?” Bolton asked. “When it comes to our government systems, the United States has said zero is the level of risk that we accept.”
The leading intelligence-sharing network – the English-speaking Five Eyes alliance of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand will not make use of the technology of Huawei in its most sensitive networks.
For the british spy masters, the riddle of Huawei is only a part of the broader challenge of securing 5G networks and what they see as the a lot more fundamental threat of China’s dominance in certain globalized technologies of the future.
The writing of William James and Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison and David Evans