For a long time, the United States has secretly opposed the United Kingdom’s use of Huawei’s technology to participate in its 5G network construction. In response, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson publicly responded through the BBC, saying that critics of Huawei should come up with alternatives.
Johnson said in an interview with the BBC on January 14, “British people have the right to use the most advanced technology, and we want to provide gigabit broadband for everyone. If someone boycotts a brand, they must To be clear, there are alternatives. “
Johnson said that as the British Prime Minister, he will never let any infrastructure construction endanger British national security or affect intelligence cooperation with the “Five Eyes Alliance”. The Five Eyes Alliance includes the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
Last spring, the British government decided in principle to allow Huawei to participate in the “non-core” part of the UK’s high-speed 5G network, but this decision has been repeatedly delayed.
The United States has repeatedly warned Britain that if Britain allowed Huawei to operate its 5G network, it could pose a threat to the transatlantic intelligence sharing mechanism.
On January 13, U.S. officials once again put pressure on the United Kingdom. U.S. officials described the use of Huawei technology in the United Kingdom as “a crazy move.”
However, Andrew Parker, head of MI5, said that the British government can cooperate with Huawei on 5G, which does not damage the relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States intelligence service.
The UK is expected to decide how to use Huawei equipment from China in its 5G network this month.