US warn­ing over Huawei

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DON­ALD Trump’s sec­re­tary of state is to warn Theresa May against giv­ing Huawei ac­cess to Bri­tain’s 5G net­works, it was re­ported yes­ter­day.

Mike Pom­peo will tell the Prime Min­is­ter that the Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy company poses a se­cu­rity risk to Bri­tain.

The for­mer head of the CIA will meet Mrs May and Jeremy Hunt, the For­eign Sec­re­tary, in Lon­don next Wed­nes­day.

He will also de­liver a speech on the state of the UK-US ‘spe­cial re­la­tion­ship’. A US State De­part­ment of­fi­cial said Mr Pom­peo would make it clear that giv­ing Huawei ac­cess to net­works could en­dan­ger US-UK tech­nol­ogy part­ner­ships, The Daily Tele­graph re­ported.

The source said: ‘What we want to do with friends, al­lies, part­ners on this is­sue is share with them the things we know about the risks that the pres­ence of Huawei and their net­works present.

‘We see that as im­per­a­tive, the risk to their own peo­ple, to the loss of pri­vacy pro­tec­tions, the risk that China will use the data in a way that’s not in the best in­ter­ests of their coun­try.’

The Prime Min­is­ter’s de­ci­sion to give Huawei lim­ited ac­cess to Bri­tain’s 5G net­work has put re­newed strain on the re­la­tion­ship with Wash­ing­ton.

The White House has been lob­by­ing Euro­pean al­lies against let­ting the firm into its net­works, fear­ing that the Chi­nese govern­ment has sig­nif­i­cant con­trol over Huawei, de­spite its de­nials.

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