The British government officially declared that it would allow China's Huawei to help them develop the next generation of super-fast wireless networks across the country, a move that could worsen trade and security relations with the U.S. government. The announcement solely conveys how to respond to concerns from the U.S. government on the possible national security risks associated with Huawei products.
UK mobile operators can use Huawei devices in their 5G networks, but the firm will be excluded from the 'safety-critical' core areas according to a government statement. It had warned that the sharing of intelligence between the US and the UK could be jeopardized. Under Chinese law, Chinese firms may be ordered to act under Beijing's direction. The company, in a statement said, it was "reassured" that it could continue working on 5G, albeit in a limited capacity, with its UK customers.
"We agree a diverse vendor market and fair competition are essential for network reliability and innovation, as well as ensuring consumers have access to the best possible technology," said Victor Zhang, a vice president at Huawei.
The issue shows how a rivalry over the future of technology between the US and China is pushing other countries to take sides, particularly when it comes to developments that could impact national security.