A delegation of U.S. officials will arrive in Britain on Monday to try to persuade the u.K. not to use Huawei devices when upgrading its telecommunications network, two people familiar with the matter said on Sunday, Reuters reported. It is understood that the UK will make a final decision later this month on whether to adopt Huawei devices in future 5G networks. British Security Minister Brandon Lewis told the BBC on Sunday that a decision would be made “soon.”
Two people familiar with the matter told Reuters that the U.S. delegation to the U.S. will include Matt Pottinger, the u.S. deputy national security adviser.
The US has long accused Huawei’s 5G devices of being used by China for espionage to undermine relations between China and the UK. The UK must weigh the charge because banning Huawei altogether would cost the UK billions of dollars.
Huawei has repeatedly denied that its devices could be used for espionage. A company spokesman had previously said That British lawmakers had confirmed that Huawei devices would not be deployed in networks used for intelligence sharing.
On January 8th Republican Senator Tom Cotton introduced a bill that would ban intelligence-sharing with the United States by threatening to use Huawei’s 5G technology and equipment. The bill is only two pages long, and there is currently no redundant introduction on the official website of the U.S. Congress. But Cotton explained to the bill on its official website: “If countries allow China to gather intelligence at will, the United States should not share valuable intelligence resources with those countries.” “
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told the Sunday Times that U.S. President Donald Trump and his advisers had threatened to cut off British intelligence if the National Security Council gave Huawei the green light.