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The Huawei decision is a defining moment in UK-China relations

First published: 17/07/2020

Notwithstanding the threats from China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, has been given its marching orders. There are caveats as the government has tried a little to placate UK telecommunications vendors’ concerns about costs and logistics. Vendors such as BT aren’t allowed to purchase Huawei equipment after December, but they might still take delivery beforehand, and rent or lease afterwards potentially until 2027, by which time all Huawei 5G equipment has to be replaced. The decision to reject Huawei is a defining moment in UK-China relations. People are right to be concerned but we have no reason to be cowed. Read on…..