Former British spy chief Richard Dearlove has urged the Government to reconsider letting Huawei help build the UK’s 5G network, hours after the Chinese company was effectively banned from the US.
Mr Dearlove, who was chief of the Secret Intelligence Service up until 2004, said he was hopeful that “there is time for the UK Government, and the probability as I write of a new prime minister, to reconsider the Huawei decision”.
In a report on Huawei by the Henry Jackson Society, Mr Dearlove warned that “the ability to control communications and the data that flows through its channels will be the route to exercise power over societies and other nations”.
The Daily Telegraph last month revealed that Theresa May had given the green light to Huawei to build parts of the 5G network, despite concerns over whether it poses a risk to national security.
The decision put the UK at odds with Washington, which has been upping pressure on its allies to bar Huawei amid claims its technology could be used for espionage by Beijing – something repeatedly denied by the Chinese company.
The US previously warned that it would withhold intelligence from Britain if Huawei’s technology was used in its network, and signs emerged overnight that Washington was taking a firmer stance on the company.
Late on Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order declaring a “national emergency” over IT threats.
This means the US commerce department now has the authority to stop transactions seen to pose a risk to security – a move widely seen as effectively a ban on Huawei.
In a double blow, the Chinese company was also added to Washington’s ”entity list”, which will see it prevented from buying components from US companies without government approval.
Speaking about the moves, Mr Trump’s commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said they would mean that “Americans will be able to trust that our data and infrastructure are secure”.
He said the executive order, which has been under consideration for a year, would protect against “foreign adversaries to the nation’s information and communications technology and services supply chain”. The US had already implemented restrictions on government agencies using Huawei’s technology, but the latest order widens this out.
In response to the moves on Wednesday evening, Huawei said it was “ready and willing to engage with the US government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security”.
However, it claimed that “unreasonable restrictions” on the company would “infringe upon Huawei’s rights and raise other serious legal issues”
It said it would ”seek remedies immediately and find a resolution to this matter”.
“We will also proactively endeavor to mitigate the impacts of this incident,” it added.
“Restricting Huawei from doing business in the US will not make the US more secure or stronger; instead, this will only serve to limit the US to inferior yet more expensive alternatives, leaving the US lagging behind in 5G deployment, and eventually harming the interests of US companies and consumers,” a spokesman for the company said.
A spokesman for the company added that the Henry Jackson Society report was “long on politically motivated insinuation but short on fact”.
“It fundamentally misunderstands the nature of modern China, global technology markets and of 5G. The isolationist approach they recommend may support an America first trade agenda but it’s hard to see how it’s in UK’s national interest.”
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