Boris Johnson plans to ‘cut Huawei’ involvement in UK 5G network ‘to zero’ by 2023 following ‘China corona virus cover-up’
- Boris Johnson said he wants to reduce China’s involvement in British infrastructure
- Comes after a backlash within the conservative party over Chinese investment
- Tory MPs have pushed for caution in the ‘rushed’ Huawei deal signed in January
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Boris Johnson will reduce Huawei’s involvement in the UK 5G network due to the controversial treatment of the coronavirus pandemic in China.
The prime minister reportedly told officials he wants China’s involvement in British infrastructure to be cut to zero in the next three years.
It comes after a backlash within the conservative party over Chinese post-pandemic investment that erupted in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
China has been widely criticized for addressing the crisis, with officials in Beijing accused of covering up the original extent of the infection.
Boris Johnson (right) will reduce Huawei’s involvement in the UK 5G network due to China’s controversial treatment of the coronavirus pandemic. Left: Chinese President Xi Jinping
Chinese hackers are also suspected of breaking into American research into Covid-19.
Tory MPs have pushed for caution over the ‘rushed’ Huawei deal brokered under Theresa May’s administration, but signed by Mr Johnson in January.
An insider source told it Daily telegram the prime minister still wants to maintain a relationship with China, but would like to see the Huawei deal scaled back “as soon as possible.”
The current agreement allows Huawei to build 35 percent of the UK’s 5G network.
It’s because Britain is starting to wean with reliance on China for essential medical supplies and other goods.
Boris Johnson has instructed officials to draft a plan code-named Project Defend to bolster Britain’s national security against Beijing amid anger for failing to warn others of the outbreak.
Tory MPs have pushed for caution in the ‘rushed’ Huawei deal brokered under Theresa May’s administration, but signed by Mr Johnson in January (stock image)
Secretary of State Dominic Raab will lead the scheme, which will include identifying Britain’s major economic vulnerabilities to potentially hostile foreign governments, according to The times.
Johnson’s official spokesman said, “The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the importance of resilient supply chains to ensure the continuous flow of essential items and keep world trade moving.
“What we’re looking at is what steps we can take to ensure we have different supply chains to avoid shortages in the event of a future crisis.”
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International Trade, Antonia Romeo, heads the project between governments and reports on behalf of the Prime Minister to Secretary of State Dominic Raab, the spokesman said.
An insider source told the Daily Telegraph that the prime minister still wants to maintain a relationship with China, but would like to see the Huawei deal scaled back ‘as soon as possible’ (stock image)
Mr. Johnson is preparing to visit the US for the G7 Summit next month on his maiden voyage since the start of the corona virus shutdown.
He is expected to step up trade talks with Donald Trump after calling on the UK to become less dependent on China and the EU for goods.
President Trump was previously critical of the UK’s decision to allow China’s involvement in its 5G network.
He threatened to limit Britain’s access to Five Eyes information – information shared between the U.S., U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada – in response to the partnership.