Pompeo decides UK needs protection from Chinese Government

The US State Department has accused the Chinese Government of bullying the UK with the threat of retaliatory action against UK businesses should Huawei’s 5G role be threatened.

In a statement from US State Department, the US Government has condemned alleged tactics from the Chinese Government. The assumed tactics see the Chinese Government pressurising the UK by threatening to punish UK bank HSBC and to break commitments to build nuclear power plants should Huawei’s role in providing equipment and services to the 5G build-out be compromised.

There is probably an element of truth to these claims, though they would never be confirmed through an official Government statement or position. And even before anyone asks, the US has resumed its self-appointed position as defender of global democracy against the scourge of communism.

The UK is perfectly capable of standing up to foreign Governments, and the presumptive position of protector the US is taking is of course quite belittling. Once again, the hawkish subconscious of the US is inflating egos and pushing the world towards conflict.

Of course, what should be worth stating is that the Chinese Government should of course be held accountable if the is any truth to these claims, but as a sovereign nation, the UK should be the master of its own fate. Pompeo should perhaps be reminded that he is Secretary of State for the US, not Secretary of State for Everywhere-except-China.

As it stands, Huawei’s role in the UK 5G economy is once again followed by a very bold question mark. There have been calls to reduce exposure to ‘high risk’ vendors in UK networks to 0% as a mid-term objective, while there have been reports the UK Government has been in talks with alternative vendors, Samsung and OpenRAN champion NEC.

Both elements are a threat to the continued success of Huawei in the UK. With these developments, it would surprise few is passive aggressive and indirect penalties have been implied by the Chinese Government through backchannels.

Should Huawei be allowed to operate in the UK?

  • No, the company is a pawn of the Chinese Government (34%, 152 Votes)
  • No, its security credentials fall below expectations (31%, 137 Votes)
  • Yes, the UK Government should allow the telecoms industry to make informed decisions (18%, 81 Votes)
  • Yes, there is no evidence of wrong-doing (9%, 39 Votes)
  • Yes, but the High Risk vendors limit should be lower (3%, 15 Votes)
  • No, Open RAN is a suitable replacement to ensure competition (3%, 13 Votes)
  • The Supply Chain Review should be reconsidered (2%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 445

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Interestingly enough, the US seems to be taking a very wobbly pedestal with this defence of the UK…

“Beijing’s aggressive behaviour shows why countries should avoid economic overreliance on China and should guard their critical infrastructure from CCP influence,” a statement from the US State Department declares.

“Free nations deal in true friendship and desire mutual prosperity, not political and corporate kowtows.”

If promising to withhold valuable intelligence data from allies unless US demands are met, as Pompeo has threatened in the past, is not a political and corporate kowtow, we’re not 100% sure what is.

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  1. Avatar Ahmad Hayat 10/06/2020 @ 2:24 pm

    Stop buying and imports Chinese goods and services until Chinese virus investigation.

    • Avatar Phil Young 11/06/2020 @ 6:49 am

      US says you are an ally, actually they treat you like a dog. Wake up, European!

      • Avatar Zhongguokaishiwuhanfeiyan 11/06/2020 @ 10:12 am

        Phil Young 五毛, the Chinese Communist Party mowed down thousands of Chinese people using tanks at Tiananmen Square massacre. 40 million died during Cultural Revolution. It’s the CCP that treats its own Chinese citizens like dogs.

      • Avatar A Chan 11/06/2020 @ 10:39 am

        Friendly warning from Hong Kong:

        In HK, we are fighting for our freedom against CCP. Soon, we will have same censorship as Mainland China.

        Under Mainland law, any private company in China has to be loyal to CCP. Basically, ‘private company’ has no meaning. From our experience in HK, we have learned CCP is untrustworthy and do not honour their commitments.

        Please try to understand the CCP and Mainland China better, that’s the best way to understand the Huawei threat.

  2. Avatar Ld Elon 11/06/2020 @ 5:24 am


    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 11/06/2020 @ 10:35 am

      Have you ever considered a career in journalism?

  3. Avatar God 11/06/2020 @ 5:25 am

    STFU ahmad you crazy, we boycott murica.

  4. Avatar Himan 13/06/2020 @ 1:24 am

    It’s worth mentioning that China has strongarmed ARM China and Imagination technologies. I think writing is on the wall and UK itself will come to a sensible conclusion.

    • Avatar Himan 13/06/2020 @ 1:54 am

      Though I think EU should also re-evaluate their decision in the light of recent China’s aggression wrt coronavirus. France and Germany have been very soft towards China, and any decision will only be effective if it becomes sufficiently large.

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