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CAN WE DITCH HUAWEI NOW?

By Pete Moore On April 29th, 2019

A US official has said the UK and any other western countries that adopt Huawei technology for 5G mobile phone networks risk affecting intelligence cooperation with the United States.

The escalation of the rhetoric comes days after a leak indicated the UK was prepared to give Huawei the go-ahead to supply “non-core” infrastructure – a security measure that the US said on Monday would not work in practice.

Robert Strayer, a deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of State, said on Monday that Huawei “was not a trusted vendor” and any use of its technology in 5G networks was a risk.

He said if an “untrusted vendor” such as Huawei was used by another country, the US would “have to reassess the ability for us to share information and be interconnected”, implying intelligence-sharing could be at risk.

Brava Prime Minister. Jolly well done. As if we couldn’t see this coming. It’s absolutely right and understandable that rogue regimes, like the Tory government, be treated with caution. But the PM will still press ahead. She has the tinnest of tin ears. She simply does not listen to good sense. Fortunately the Tories will be dust before the network gets built.

3 Responses to “CAN WE DITCH HUAWEI NOW?”

  1. The thing about Chinese companies and the Chinese state, is that they are almost indivisible from one another. People are right to be concerned about Chinese intentions, no matter how well meaning they might be at first.

  2. Yes.

    A US company like Apple can say no to the US government
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/22/tim-cook-apple-refusal-unlock-iphone-fbi-civil-liberties

    But a Chinese company can never say no to the Chinese government

  3. Though in terms of the general impact of it the FBI got access to Rizwan Farook’s phone anyway. They had to jump through a lot of legal hoops to do so but still got what they where looking for in the end.