Last year Trump threatened not to share intelligence with any country that used Huawei as their 5G vendor, but the UK’s Boris Johnson plowed ahead with Huawei anyway. Well now that relationship between the UK and Huawei is unraveling and it has everything to do with how China has handled the coronavirus:
NY POST – The UK is moving to drop Huawei as a vendor for the country’s 5G cellphone network in major blow to Communist China over poor coronavirus transparency.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, now recovering from COVID-19, gave the Chinese company a role in 5G infrastructure this year, squashing opposition last month by 24 votes in the 650-seat House of Commons.
But now, concern about the Chinese Communist Party’s inaccurate reporting on the coronavirus has lawmakers crafting plans for a retreat.
“We need to devise a proper, realistic exit strategy from relying on Huawei,” Conservative Member of Parliament Damian Green told Bloomberg News. “Our telecom providers… need to know the government is determined to drive down Huawei’s involvement to zero percent over a realistic timescale.”
“The mood in the parliamentary party has hardened,” said Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative Party’s chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee.
“It’s a shared realization of what it means for dependence on a business that is part of a state that does not share our values,” Tugendhat said.
The concern has been all along that China would use Huawei to spy on the US and other countries via the 5G network. Even Crazy Nancy Pelosi agreed, saying no NATO ally should use Huawei as their 5G vendor.
Thankfully the UK is looking hard at the way China’s handled the coronavirus outbreak with clear eyes:
The government has also said there should be a "deep dive" into China's handling of outbreak.
"Hard questions" should be asked inc why outbreak happened, why it couldn't be stopped earlier and what can be done in future.
UK plans to work with international partners on this
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