LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s new prime minister, an urgent need to make a decision to take on the role of China’s Huawei in the next-generation 5G networks, if it is a debate, it is damaging to international relations, a powerful committee of British lawmakers said on Friday.
A FILE PHOTO of A Huawei digital signage is displayed on a store in Viña del Mar, Chile, July 14, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido
Great britain has emerged as a key battleground in a geopolitical struggle about Huawei Technologies, the world’s biggest maker of telecom-networking equipment.
The United States has threatened to cut off valuable parts of information with allies who are using the company’s equipment, which it says could be used by Beijing for spying. China had warned that Britain, with the exception of the company, this can have negative effects on investment and trade.
Britain’s National Security Council, under the chairmanship of caretaker prime Minister, Theresa May, met to discuss the issue in April, and a decision to block Huawei from all of the critical components of the 5G network, but access will be limited to less sensitive areas.
The final decision regarding the Smartphone was supposed to have been made by the British government, but the decision to step down has come to a standstill in the process. Its successor, or the minister, Jeremy Hunt, and former London mayor, Boris Johnson, who has been the front-runner, and will be installed next week.
Such a decision requires a careful balancing act,” parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said in a statement. However, the magnitude of the delay is now causing a serious damage to our international relationships, a decision needs to be made as a matter of urgency.”
The ISC said that the Uk’s cyber-security chiefs, it was clear that the issue is not about a country or an individual company), but that the national network had to be able to stand up to an attack, malicious action, or by simple human error.
The committee said that it would be best achieved through diversification of suppliers, and the problem is, at this time, for the 5G, was that there were only three companies in the running, Huawei, Nokia and Ericsson. Overdependence and reduced competition has led to lower standards of security, he said.
“That’s why including a third party – even if it is you may have some concerns about the safety and security, and a higher bar for security measures within the system will, counter-intuitively, result in a better overall security,” the ISC said.
Huawei’s Vice-President, Victor Zhang, said he supports the committee’s comments on the diversity of suppliers. “We are agreed that diversity enhances the resilience of networks,” he said.
The ISC will also be recognized, however, that the decision was made to not only be technical, and that the government has to take into account political considerations, and should not, therefore, make every effort to be in danger of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance of the United States of america, the united Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
He said that China would understand is if Huawei were excluded, as Beijing will not allow a British company to play an important role in the critical national infrastructure.
“It’s a public debate, means that we have to choose between a good economic relationship with China, as well as our own national security, It is a simplistic point of view, and it is encouraging to do a disservice to China,” he said.
Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Toby Chopra