In the biggest test of his post-Brexit foreign policy to date,
Johnson ruled that "high-risk vendors" would be excluded from
the sensitive core of networks, and there would a 35% cap on
their involvement in the non-sensitive parts.
While the British government did not mention Huawei by name, a
statement from its communications ministry said "high-risk
vendors" would be excluded from all critical networks and
sensitive locations such as nuclear sites and military bases.
"This is a UK-specific solution for UK-specific reasons and the
decision deals with the challenges we face right now,"
Communications Secretary Nicky Morgan said following a meeting
of the National Security Council chaired by Johnson.
The decision will dismay President Donald Trump's administration
which fears China could use Huawei to steal secrets and which
has warned that if London gives Huawei a role then it could
scale back intelligence cooperation.
Huawei, though, was happy.
"Huawei is reassured by the UK government’s confirmation that we
can continue working with our customers to keep the 5G roll-out
on track," said Victor Zhang, Vice-President, Huawei.
"This evidence-based decision will result in a more advanced,
more secure and more cost-effective telecoms infrastructure that
is fit for the future. It gives the UK access to world-leading
technology and ensures a competitive market."
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs, Luke Baker, Kylie MacLellan and Paul
Sandle; Editing by Timothy Heritage/Guy Faulconbridge/Alexander
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