US espionage claims are & # 39; undermine national security & # 39 ;, says Huawei & # 39; s cyber security leader

US espionage claims are & # 39; undermine national security & # 39 ;, says Huawei & # 39; s cyber security leader

The cyber security chief of a controversial Chinese company accuses the US of & # 39; disparaging national security & # 39; with espionage claims.

John Suffolk, a former British top official, says that concerns about Huawei were based on trying to thwart competition from China.

He said that & # 39; not much more & # 39; was that Huawei could do to convince critics, and called on British ministers not to ban it from 5G networks.

No threat: John Suffolk, a former British top official, says that concerns about Huawei were based on trying to thwart competition from China

No threat: John Suffolk, a former British top official, says that concerns about Huawei were based on trying to thwart competition from China

Huawei is an important supplier of telecom equipment that is used by companies such as BT and Vodafone for sending mobile telephone and internet data.

But the US warns that the company's kit is vulnerable to snooping around China, and wants European allies to avoid it.

In China, Suffolk said yesterday: & They are belittling national security. You will never convince some people.

& # 39; Whether it is because they believe that Huawei is terrible or that China is a terrible country, you don't know. & # 39;

The UK is reviewing rules that specify who telecom companies can purchase equipment from.

Suffolk, 61, called on the UK to establish security standards instead of banning Huawei.

He was previously chief information officer at Whitehall. His move to Huawei in 2011 saw him grilled by officials before he took the post.

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