Trump says he caused UK's Huawei ban
By Guy Faulconbridge and Niklas Pollard
July 16, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - US President Donald Trump
says he is responsible for Prime Minister Boris
Johnson's decision to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G
network, a remark that London brushed off and Beijing
said proved the British move was political.
Johnson on Tuesday ordered Huawei equipment to be purged
completely from Britain's 5G network by the end of 2027,
risking the ire of China by signalling that the world's
biggest telecoms equipment maker was not welcome in the
Washington had long been pressing for such a step, and
is still calling on other European countries to make
"We convinced many countries, many countries - I did
this myself for the most part - not to use Huawei,
because we think it's an unsafe security risk, it's a
big security risk," Trump told reporters in the White
House Rose Garden.
"I talked many countries out of using it: if they want
to do business with us, they can't use it. Just today, I
believe that UK announced that they're not going to be
Britain has said that its ban on Huawei is motivated by
its own security concerns and by worries that supplies
of Huawei gear could be interrupted by US sanctions.
It denied that Trump alone was responsible for the
Huawei ban. Asked about the comments, British Health
Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Well, we all know Donald
Trump, don't we."
China said Trump's remark showed Johnson's decision was
about geopolitics rather than security.
"This once again demonstrates that the relevant bans on
Huawei are completely unrelated to national security,
rather this is highly politicised manipulation," foreign
ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
"The UK deciding to ban the use of Huawei will hurt the
UK's own interests. The world is big. The UK is a
relatively small place."
As Britain prepares to cast off from the European Union,
fears over the security of Huawei have forced Johnson to
take sides in the global rivalry between the United
States and China.
Trump identifies China as the United States' main
geopolitical rival, and has accused the Communist
Party-ruled state of taking advantage over trade and not
telling the truth over the coronavirus outbreak, which
he calls the "China plague".
Washington and its allies say Huawei technology could be
used to spy for China. Huawei has denied this.
Britain has acknowledged that without equipment from
Huawei it will take it longer to roll out faster 5G
mobile networks. China said investment in Britain will
"Now I would even say this is not only disappointing -
this is disheartening," said Liu Xiaoming, China's
ambassador to London.
Australian Associated Press - "Source"
U.S. sanctions led to change in UK position on
Huawei, says PM's spokesman
July 15, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - LONDON (Reuters) - Britain
changed its position on using China’s Huawei in its 5G
network because of U.S. sanctions, a spokesman for Prime
Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday when asked
about President Donald Trump’s comments that he was
“The reason for the UK’s change of position was the
impact of the U.S. sanctions which were announced in
May. Those sanctions were like nothing we had ever seen
before, and led to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)
changing its assessments,” the spokesman told reporters.
“The U.S. sanctions make it impossible for the NCSC
to continue to guarantee the security of Huawei
equipment in the future.”
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