Victor Zhang, vice president of the Chinese company Huawei, said Britain should reconsider its decision to ban Huawei from the manufacture of communications equipment for the fifth generation (5G) networks in the era after US President Donald Trump.
Zhang’s comments to the Guardian newspaper coincide with a meeting of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday with the Northern Research Group, a pressure group of conservative parliamentarians determined to turn the prime minister’s settlement agenda into a reality.
Zhang urged Britain to remain faithful to its roots as the birthplace of the first industrial revolution and said that the Johnson government “cannot be left behind in the fifth generation revolution.”
The UK government-backed down in July. After pressure from the Trump administration, it announced a plan to allow Huawei to be a controlled supplier of 5G networks. Instead, it ordered that Huawei equipment be removed from the country’s 5G networks by 2027.
Ministers said at the time that the decline was not due to the security threat posed by Huawei, but because the Trump administration decided to ban Huawei’s use of American technology.
Huawei's critics claim that the Chinese Communist Party can direct the company at any moment to give its system a back door to spy on British communications (Reuters)
“The decision will have a major economic impact on the UK. The UK wants to see a balance in investment between London and the south-east, center, and north regions of England. World-class connectivity is crucial to achieving this goal, and without that, it is tough to bridge the gap,” said Zhang. In the economic imbalance in the United Kingdom. “
“The government itself has said that preventing Huawei from installing 4G networks will lead to a 3-year delay in launching the 5G network, and this will have a significant economic impact. Many people are surprised at the size of the impact of this delay.” Third-party research by the independent research firm Assembly shows (Assembly) estimates that this delay will impact 18.2 billion pounds ($ 21.5 million). “
“I hope the government is open, once it reviews the economic consequences, it will reconsider, as a global company, we want to work with governments to make sure they have policies to secure growth. The decision was a political decision driven by Washington’s perceptions of Huawei, not London’s perceptions.” The decision is not a security one, but because of the trade war between the United States and China. I hope the new US administration will adopt a different approach from Donald Trump. “
Zhang also expressed his concerns that the UK’s traditional role as an open trading nation is challenged. “There is something that worries me about the UK because the discussions here focus on geopolitical conflict rather than how to improve the UK’s economy and to make sure the country seizes the opportunity again.” To become a world leader after Brexit from the European Union at the end of this year. All this is necessary for the UK’s recovery after Corona and after its exit from the era of trade, technology, and digitalization associated with the European Union, and how to attract foreign investment.
Huawei’s critics claim that even with its structure of independent shareholders, the Chinese Communist Party could direct the company at any moment to give its regime a back door to spy on British communications.
Source: The Guardian