Even if the US blocks, the UK decided to work with Huawei on a 5G network as early as the end of January. U.S. lawmakers, unhappy with the answers of their allies, are demanding a new choice. 20 U.S. senators signed a joint letter on March 3, local time, asking British lawmakers to reconsider their decision to use Huawei, Reuters reported on March 4. It is the latest move by the US to oppose the UK’s plans to use Huawei’s devices.
“Given the significant security, privacy and economic threats posed by Huawei, we strongly urge the UK to reconsider its recent decision to take steps to mitigate Huawei’s risks and to work closely with the United States on this issue in the future,” the letter read. “
The letter was signed by 20 U.S. senators, or one-fifth of the Total, including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Republican Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Committee Democratic Vice Chairman Mark Warner.
The UK has been thinking for a long time about the question of whether to use Huawei devices. Since 2014, the UK government has issued five Huawei Cyber Security Reports. In its latest report, released in March 2019, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has made it clear that “no evidence has ever been found that the Chinese government engaged in any malicious cyber activity through Huawei”.
The British government, which had struggled with Brexit, has said it will make a final decision on the “Huawei 5G issue” after Brexit. American hawks are taking aim at an opportunity to put pressure on Britain. Senator Tom Cotton, for example, introduced a bill that would stop sharing intelligence with Huawei 5G if U.S. allies used it.
As a result, on January 28th the British government finally decided to allow Huawei to participate “limitedly” in the construction of the UK’s 5G network. Britain says high-risk suppliers will be excluded from sensitive core projects in network construction, with a 35 per cent limit on participation in non-sensitive sectors.
The United States has asked britain to think twice, despite the fact that it has made a decision. As with the letter from 20 senators, on January 31st 42 members of Congress from both parties wrote a joint letter asking britain to consider the consequences of using Huawei products. The letter falsely claims that the use of Huawei devices will save the UK a lot of money in the short term, but in the long run, the UK government will spend “a lot of money to monitor Huawei devices” and create “huge financial pressures”.