More than half of Britons want Huawei to be banned from 5G network amid backlash in China – and the majority support UK residence for oppressed Hong Kongers after crackdown
More than half of the British want Huawei to be banned from the UK 5G network amid more evidence of a backlash against China.
With a decision expected within days, a survey for MailOnline found that 52 percent would agree if Boris Johnson took the company out of the massive project.
Meanwhile, there has also been strong support for assisting Hong Kong people to reside after Beijing launched a major crackdown on freedom of expression.
Ministers are considering whether they want to get rid of Huawei, fearing that the network could be used for espionage by the Chinese state.
A recent intelligence report said the security implications were “serious” and that US sanctions against the company could make the equipment less reliable and safe.
There have also been calls from dozens of Tory MPs to remove Huawei’s technology from the wider telecommunications network by 2024 and reduce involvement in nuclear power plant construction.
A poll for MailOnline found that 52 percent would agree if Boris Johnson scrapes Huawei from the massive 5G project
At an ‘People’s PMQs’ online event yesterday, Mr. Johnson emphasized that he was ‘not a Sino-phobe’.
“I want to have contact with China. On the other hand, we must protect our critical national infrastructure. There are ways to do that in the nuclear sector …
In the case of 5G, there is a specific problem caused by the US sanctions on chips. We’ll have to find a way to do that. ‘
Beijing threatens with the consequences if the prime minister continues the move, saying it would show that the UK is a slave to America.
The Redfield & Wilton Strategies poll, which was held on Wednesday, found that 52 percent would agree to drop Huawei 5G, including 28 percent who felt “strong” about the matter.
Only 12 percent disapproved of the idea, although a substantial 36 percent said neither way.
It comes after the Mail unveiled a controversial file this week accusing China of trying to manipulate key UK establishment figures to support Huawei.
China imposed a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong this month, bypassing the legislature in a move that has been condemned worldwide.
Critics say the law effectively puts an end to the “one country, two systems” framework that guaranteed the territory a high degree of autonomy and civil liberties when it returned from British rule to Chinese rule 23 years ago.
Mr. Johnson has vowed to extend the residency rights to approximately 2.9 million Hong Kong nationals eligible for UK national overseas passports, which were introduced under colonial rule in the 1980s.
However, those born after 1997 cannot sign up, leaving many young student activists at the core of the pro-democracy movement.
China condemned the British movement, saying that holders of the BNO passports are Chinese citizens and that the UK had violated a commitment it had made not to grant them the right to remain in Britain.
Australian officials are considering options to “provide comparable opportunities” to those in Britain.
The poll found much support for assisting Hong Kong people to reside after Beijing launched a major crackdown on freedom of expression