The vice president of Huawei told the Guardian: The UK should reconsider its decision to ban Huawei, a Chinese company that manufactures communications equipment for 5G networks in the post-Trump era, and admit that it will exacerbate the North-South divide in England.
Victor Chang’s intervention comes as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares on Monday to meet with the Northern Research Group, a lobbying group of conservative MPs bent on turning the prime minister’s settlement agenda into a reality. As the birthplace of the first industrial revolution, Zhang urged the UK to stay true to its roots, saying: The government cannot be left behind in the fifth generation revolution.
And last July, the UK government backed down; After pressure from the Trump administration, it announced a plan to allow Huawei to be a supplier under control of 5G networks, and instead ordered that Huawei equipment be removed from the country’s 5G networks by 2027.
Ministers said at the time: The decline was not due to a new security services analysis of the security threat posed by Huawei, but because of the Trump administration’s decision to ban Huawei’s use of American technology.
“The decision will have a major economic impact on the UK,” said Chang. The UK wants to see a balance in investment between London and the south-east, center and north regions of England. World-class connectivity is crucial to achieving this goal and without it it is very difficult to bridge the gap in the economic imbalance in the UK. ”
He added: “The government itself said: Preventing Huawei from installing 5G networks will lead to a three-year delay in launching the fifth generation network, and this will have a significant economic impact. Many people are surprised at the impact of this delay. And third-party research by the independent research firm Assembly shows that this delay will have an impact of £ 18.2 billion.
Urging ministers to reconsider the decision, Zhang said, “I hope the government will be open, and once it reviews the economic consequences, it will reconsider the best way for them.”
“As a global company, we want to work with governments to make sure they have policies in place to secure growth. The decision was a political one driven by US perceptions of Huawei, not UK perceptions. The motive behind the decision is not really security, but because of the trade war between the United States and China. He said: He hopes that the new US administration will adopt a different approach from that of Donald Trump.
Chang also expressed his concerns that the UK’s traditional role as an open and free trading nation is being challenged, and dismissed claims that his company is a “dragon in the nest.”
He said: “I have something worried about the UK; Because the discussions here focus on geopolitical conflict rather than how to improve the UK’s economy, and make sure the country takes the opportunity once again to become a global leader after Brexit, at the end of this year. All this is necessary for the UK’s recovery after (Covid) and after Brexit from the era of trade, technology, and digitization associated with the European Union, and how to attract foreign investment to the UK.
Huawei’s critics claim that even with its structure of independent shareholders, the Chinese Communist Party could direct the company at any moment to give its regime a back door to spy on British communications.