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By Pete Moore On July 5th, 2020

The last six months have revealed more about China under President Xi Jinping than the previous six years.

That’s Sir John Sawers, a former “C”, the ex-Chief of MI6, writing in the Financial Times on why Huawei should be barred from any role in the UK’s 5G network.

It’s widely reported that this will indeed be the case in the next couple of weeks. It is simply untenable that a tech arm of the Chinese Communist Party can have any role. Boris has been dragged toward this position by a combination of events and a sufficient number of Tory MP outright threatening to revolt on the issue.

But I have to wonder where some people have been, if they think that the last six months has “revealed more” about Xi’s regime. It is evil, but it is no more evil now than it was 6, 12 or 24 months ago. I’m delighted that the securocrats have done a reverse ferret, but what on Earth have they previously been thinking?

6 Responses to “NO WAY HUAWEI”

  1. John Sawers’s main argument seems to be that the problem is US sanctions, rather than Huawei. Given that the rollout of 5G will take years (and even more years should Huawei be removed) then the prudent thing to do will likely be wait until the US elections in November to determine whether the current US administration will be continuing, and if there is a change in administration whether or not the Biden administration would continue Trump’s policies on China. The competitors are unlikely to be in a position to replace Huawei before then so it likely isn’t losing much to do so.

  2. About one million Chinese Uighurs are in detention camps and we have now learnt that their women are victims of forced sterilisation and abortion. This is a truly evil regime, but the leader of the free world Trump is cool with the camps, as Bolton has disclosed.

    “Chinese authorities are carrying out forced sterilisations of women in an apparent campaign to curb the growth of ethnic minority populations in the western Xinjiang region, according to research published on Monday…”


  3. I might I have gone with
    It’s MY WAY or the HUAWEI

    Can you do a post on social care perm old chap the boss of NHS was on Marr today . It’s got to be number one priority or our parents are screwed as we will be in 25 years .

  4. I agree with Pete on this one. We gotta make sure there are no chinks in our armour…

    Mmmm I think I could have rephrased that differently 🙂

  5. As I said before stopping the Huawei 5G equipment for security reasons, is a waste of time and will cause more work and more cost for the UK.

    However I agree that the Chinese regime it’s not to be trusted. But in that case Huawei is just the tip of a very, very big iceberg when it comes to technology from the East.

  6. I’ve posted videos from this guy before, but if you want a real insight into what’s been going on in China, have a look at his YouTube channel. He’s very informative.