The United States welcomed Britain’s decision on Tuesday to order the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to be phased out of its 5G network after months of pressure from Washington.
“We are pleased that the UK is considering banning Huawei from future 5G networks and phasing out unreliable Huawei equipment from existing networks,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
“We will continue to work with our British friends to foster a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem, which is essential for transatlantic security and prosperity,” he said.
The British ban, which came in spite of Beijing’s reprisal warnings, gave a victory to the administration of US President Donald Trump, who sought to isolate the Chinese titan from telecommunications.
Trump’s national security adviser Robert O’Brien wrote on Twitter that Britain’s decision shows “growing international consensus” that Huawei and other companies allegedly linked to the Chinese state “constitute a threat to national security. “
While the European Union resisted a radical ban from Huawei, Pompeo highlighted the decisions taken against the company in a number of European states.
He also highlighted companies in Australia, India, Japan and South Korea that have decided to be “clean” from Huawei.
“Countries must be able to believe that 5G equipment and software will not threaten national security, economic security, privacy, intellectual property or human rights,” said Pompeo.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson initially resisted, allowing Huawei to deploy a new broadband network in Britain in January.
But U.S. sanctions in May blocking Huawei’s access to U.S. chips for 5G networks have changed the heart of London.
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