Britain voices 'grave' concerns over China's Huawei

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has warned of his "very deep concerns" about Chinese technology giant Huawei being involved in the use of 5G on Britain's mobile network, The Times reported Thursday.

"I have grave, very deep concerns about Huawei providing the 5G in Britain. It's something we'd have to look at very closely," Williamson was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

"We've got to look at what partners such as Australia and the US are doing in order to ensure that they have the maximum security of that 5G network," he said.

"We've got to recognise the fact, as has been recently exposed, that the Chinese state does sometimes act in a malign way," he said.

Williamson's comments echo similar warnings from MI6 spy agency chief Alex Younger who earlier this year said Britain would have to make "some decisions" about the involvement of firms such as Huawei.

Britain's government earlier this year announced the West Midlands region in central England would become the first large-scale testing area for 5G.

Fifth-generation , or 5G, will have faster transmission speeds and could enable a far wider use of self-driving vehicles and internet-powered household objects.

It is expected to be rolled out in Asia and the United States from 2020.

Huawei has defended its global ambitions and network in the face of Western fears that the Chinese telecom giant could serve as a Trojan horse for Beijing's security apparatus.

The company has been under fire this year with Washington leading efforts to blacklist Huawei internationally and securing the arrest of the company's in Canada.

Countries like the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Britain have pulled back from using its products while concerns grow in Japan, France, Germany and even the Czech Republic over security issues.


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Dec 27, 2018
Accusations need proof

Dec 27, 2018
Then turn over the source code.

Dec 27, 2018
haw-way will be good for controling internet trolls and other subversives

Dec 28, 2018
"Britain voices" American lies.

There I fixed it for you.

Dec 28, 2018
Looks more like the Brits looked into it and decided where there's smoke there's fire.

Dec 28, 2018
You want my guess the NSA found something and they're not telling very many people what it is. The Chinese are now trying to bluff the US into telling them so they can figure out how to make more pernicious devices to deploy later. Supply chains will be under investigation. If this really blows up, China won't be supplying anybody in their richest market with 5G equipment anytime soon.

Dec 28, 2018
See, this is the problem with figuring you're smarter than everyone else because they're a gwai-loh or a black. Eventually no matter what you get caught, because you're *not* smarter than everyone else.

We got a word for that in English. "Smartass." And we love to take them down.

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