Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, traveled to the United Kingdom to discuss the risk of espionage of the Chinese company Huawei, through its participation as a provider of the 5G internet network.
Although the Trump administration had already communicated its serious concerns in this regard, the UK granted the company linked to the Chinese communist regime a 35% stake in the installation of the 5G system, according to the BBC.
“This decision has the potential to jeopardize US-UK intelligence-sharing agreements and could greatly complicate a US-UK free trade agreement. I hope the British government will reconsider its decision,” wrote Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a tweet.
This decision has the potential to jeopardize US-UK intelligence sharing agreements and could greatly complicate a US-UK free trade agreement.
I hope the British government will reconsider its decision.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 28, 2020
British officials justified their decision by pointing out that they had studied the situation well.
“We would never take decisions that threaten our national security or the security of our Five Eyes partners,” said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, referring to the five countries that have an extensive exchange of intelligence: Britain, the United States, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, The Washington Post reported.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for a thorough review of the intelligence exchange with the United Kingdom, in light of the risks of potential fraud by Huawei.
“I fear London has freed itself from Brussels only to cede sovereignty to Beijing,” said Cotton, who sees the growing influence of the Chinese communist regime in the UK, according to the BBC.
The precautions taken by the United States with respect to the powerful Huawei company are shared by countries such as Japan and Australia, which have also blocked its participation in the 5G networks.
Last year, the United States banned companies from selling components and technology to Huawei and 68 related companies.
“It’s a national security threat,” President Trump said in August after Washington blacklisted Huawei. “It’s a company we may not do business with at all,” the president said.
In addition, the Chinese regime, to which Huawei is linked, has a bad reputation for intellectual and industrial espionage.
In a column published on the Conservative Home website, British Conservative MEP Bob Seely said that the Chinese regime “is a cyber risk,” noting that it has “a terrible reputation for cyberattacks and intellectual property theft against Western and global institutions and companies.”
No less important are the allegations of terrible human rights violations, of which the regime itself is guilty. Here too, Huawei’s involvement is considered serious.
Thus, several parliamentarians presented their concerns to Raab, about the possibility that Huawei—as an alleged accomplice of the Chinese Communist Party—is committing serious human rights violations, according to The Times.
The parliamentarians said that Huawei “provides technical support and training” to the Xinjiang public security office in northwest China, for which he “has developed the Xinjiang public security cloud that makes possible the control and repression of Uighur Muslims.
Along with this, ASPI reports show that Huawei is involved in creating the “world’s most extensive surveillance state,” described researcher Ewelina U. Ochab for Forbes.
The global market for 5G equipment is currently split between Huawei as the main supplier, Nokia of Finland, and Ericsson of Sweden.
The powerful 5G Internet network is expected to make a major global impact, enabling the so-called Internet of Things, in which objects communicate by driving a “fourth industrial revolution.”