UK bans Chinese Huawei from its 5G network after US pressure

The policy reversal hands a long-sought victory to US President Donald Trump’s administration in its geopolitical tug-of-war with China.

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Britain on Tuesday bowed to growing US pressure and ordered the phased removal of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing.

The policy reversal hands a long-sought victory to US President Donald Trump’s administration in its geopolitical tug-of-war with China.The White House said the decision “reflects a growing international consensus that Huawei and other untrusted vendors pose a threat to national security, as they remain beholden to the Chinese Communist Party”.

But the move threatens to further damage Britain’s ties with the Asian power and carry a big cost for UK mobile providers that have relied on Huawei equipment for nearly 20 years.

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