Huawei confident UK will resist ‘politically motivated’ pressure from US over 5G
Huawei is confident that the UK will resist “politically motivated” pressure from the US and “make the right decision” to allow the Chinese telecommunications giant to supply critical parts of its next generation 5G mobile internet infrastructure.
Victor Zhang, the company’s president of global government affairs, told that a negative ruling from the UK government would not affect Huawei’s investment or jobs in the country.
“Whatever happens on the political side will not impact Huawei’s decision in the UK,” Mr Zhang said, who is based in London but was speaking at Huawei’s Shenzhen campus.
“We will continue our investment in the UK because the UK has the advantage of talent and also the R&D environment.
“We had very good communications with the previous government. We believe we will have very good conversations with the new government.
“I believe that the UK government will make the right decision based on the facts and evidence.”
We understands that Huawei has written to the government, but has not had any face-to-face meetings.
The US has warned its allies against using Huawei’s components in critical infrastructure, believing that the Chinese company poses a security threat.
The US placed Huawei on its “entity list” in May this year, banning US companies from supplying components.
It then issued a temporary licence, which is due to expire on 19 August.
Mr Zhang told: “Huawei is not a security issue, actually it is definitely a trade war issue between China and the US.”
In April, the UK’s National Security Council, chaired by then prime minister Theresa May, decided in principle to block Huawei from critical parts of national networks but allow it into other, non-core areas.
An official decision was supposed to have been reached in April but in July this was delayed, apparently indefinitely.
The US has since renewed pressure on the new administration under prime minister Boris Johnson.
John Bolton, the US national security adviser and the most senior US official to visit Mr Johnson so far, said he believed that the UK government would look at Huawei “from square one” earlier this week.
We spoke to Mr Zhang ahead of an exclusive interview with Ren Zhengfei, the founder and chief executive of Huawei, later today.