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UK PM refers to Huawei as a “hostile state vendor”

During a press conference to announce his recovery plan for the country, UK PM Boris Johnson was asked if China’s growing oppression of Hong Kong had affected his thinking on Huawei.

“We are deeply concerned about the decision to pass the national security law in Beijing, as it affects Hong Kong,” said Johnson. “We will be looking at the law very carefully…to understand whether it’s in conflict with the joint declaration between the UK and China.

“On Huawei and other matters the position is very simple. I’m not going to get drawn into Sinophobia because I’m not a Sinophobe. On the other hand, I do want to see our critical national infrastructure properly protected from hostile state vendors. So we need to strike that balance and that’s what we’ll do.”

From that statement it seems clear that the UK government views Huawei as a hostile state vendor, which seems like a step up from its previous designation as ‘high risk’. Johnson did appear to struggle to find the right words to describe Huawei in the context of its presence in the UK, so that could have been a slip of the tongue, but until advised otherwise we must take the PM at his word.

The unprompted denial of Sinophobia was probably indicative of the balancing act Johnson is still trying to perform in his relationships with both China and the US. He still seems reluctant to go all-in on team America, with its overt hostility to China, but still has to be seen to talk tough on the matter of security. Who’d be a politician?

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4 comments

  1. Avatar Kelvin McDougle 30/06/2020 @ 3:17 pm

    every country outside china is the garbage. uk soon be province of china!

  2. Avatar Mangesh 30/06/2020 @ 3:40 pm

    I agree. If we dont stand up to China, soon there will be a Gov appointed by China to managed UK province, just the way once British Empire did!

  3. Avatar Pradip Kadodwala 30/06/2020 @ 5:57 pm

    Well since we have heard about convid19 coming from China. As China not really helping the situation by helping rest off the world I think every body should boycott buying anything from China.

  4. Avatar CandyBlack 02/07/2020 @ 8:15 am

    China is not responsible for any problems caused by the covid-19, having warns the public in time. It’s us the people who never listened and thought of it as flu. China has done everything possible to assist other countries, they’ve sent medical staff, if you can’t contain a disease then that’s your problem. We’ve heard of the US infecting Africa with Ebola, to erase it’s generation, but non of it’s tech companies have be sanctioned, The US should just step up not criticising Huawei who have worked there asses our for the position they hold today. I’ve never heard of Samsung or Apple donation of computers or any tech material for free like Huawei, coz they’re not on the same level as Huawei despite being America’s favourite, the world should open eyes😳

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