United States claims using Huawei 5G tech in UK networks would be ‘madness’

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A Huawei logo is seen on a screen during the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2019) introducing next-generation technology at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) in Shanghai on June 26, 2019. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Huawei is one of the leading developers of 5G technology (Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

The UK’s decision to use 5G technology developed by Chinese company Huawei has been called ‘nothing short of madness’ by the United States.

Washington officials will reportedly reasses their level of intelligence sharing with the UK if Huawei’s telecoms equipment is used in Britain’s 5G infrastructure.

The warning came as a delegation from the US, led by Trump’s deputy national security advisor Matt Pottinger, presented apparent new evidence against the Chinese tech giant.

The US has long-standing security concerns over the presence of ‘back doors’ in Huawei’s equipment that lead back to Bejing. Something the tech company has strenuously denied.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is expected to allow the use of Huawei technology in ‘non-core’ parts of Britain’s telecoms infrastructure as 5G becomes more viable.

Signage is displayed at the Huawei Technologies Co. booth at the MWC Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai, China, on Thursday, June 27, 2019. The Shanghai event is modeled after a bigger annual industry show in Barcelona. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Huawei signage at the MWC Shanghai exhibition in Shanghai, China (Bloomberg)

According to one US representative speaking to the Financial Times, allowing Huawei’s equipment into the UK’s 5G networks ‘would be like putting Russia in charge of anti-doping of world athletes.’

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Earlier this month, in a new year message to employees, Huawei chairman Eric Xu said that ‘survival will be our first priority’ for 2020 in the face of the hostility from the US.

Mr Xu said that Trump’s government was in a ‘strategic and long-term’ campaign against the company, creating a ‘challenging environment for Huawei to survive and thrive’.

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