Huawei hopes Biden will give UK different instructions on 5G

Banned Chinese vendor Huawei hopes the UK might be allowed to let it back into its 5G network once Trump is no longer US President.

UK Huawei head Victor Zhang wasted little time after the US election in granting the Guardian an interview in which he implored the UK to have a rethink about its 5G policy. “The decision was a political one motivated by US perceptions of Huawei and not those of the UK. This is not really motivated by security, but about a trade war between the US and China,” said Zhang, before saying he hoped the Biden administration would adopt a different approach to the Trump one.

“Something is worrying me about the UK because discussions here are focused on the geopolitical conflict rather than how to improve the UK economy and make sure the country grabs the opportunity again to be a global leader post-Brexit, at the end of this year,” added Zhang. “All this is vital for the UK’s recovery post-Covid and after Brexit – trade, technology, digitalisation and how to attract foreign investment to the UK.”

Zhang made frequent reference to a report Huawei commissioned recently that warned of dire consequences for the UK if it falls behind on 5G. The clear inference being that banning Huawei will produce exactly that outcome, so we’re shooting ourselves in the foot by doing so. This is a tried and tested angle that has yielded little reward so far but, again, Zhang seems to reckon we might be more receptive to it without Trump’s minions whispering in our ear.

While Zhang may on to something, it remains to be seen whether inferring that the UK is so disinclined to think for itself will prove to be a wise strategy. Again, he’s probably right in so much as the decision to ban Huawei was, at the very least, a direct consequence of US sanctions, but stating it in this way is just as likely to antagonise as persuade. Having said that, nothing else has worked so what does Huawei have to lose from trying to shame our politicians into acting independently?

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  1. Avatar Happiman 16/11/2020 @ 8:11 pm

    Biden: Xi, you are a thug.

    Michele Flournoy: Sink China fleet in 72 hours

    All of the highly advanced economy and democratic countries view China negatively, an Asian Nazi ruled by a thug.

    Typical Chinese behavior : Rude and senseless Chinese people will do whatever they want.

  2. Avatar Kim 17/11/2020 @ 4:48 am

    I wish trump would have won just for the reason of China not getting any support* or anything else… (chips and Android and etc.)

  3. Avatar xyz 17/11/2020 @ 8:45 am

    are u fu.. sick elections are not finished and u self elected an elected by media, the biden, over all big frauds and tax plus lockdown, reask your self are any of you normal or what.. supporting someone whi have bad needs for own country and people, interest among all..

  4. Avatar Alvaro 17/11/2020 @ 4:42 pm

    China, Chinese manager, Chinese way of working, Trust, Professionalism … we can write plenty of books on these topics, and will not change the way they are and behaves

  5. Avatar mr h sun 17/11/2020 @ 4:55 pm

    China bashing is nothing new in the US especially. It goes back to the days of the Gold Rush. Now it’s the country itself instead of just Chinese people.
    What the US (Trump) has done is create a false narrative and repeated it Nazi style until it becomes “fact”. Then the lemmings follow. Sad but that’s how polytricks goes until people wake up from being sheep.
    Nothing has been PROVEN against Huawei but 5 Eyes run scared. Seriously why would anyone believe US politicians. I smell a rat, huge insecurity and fear….of the Yellow Peril. What they fear will come to pass. L

  6. Avatar B 18/11/2020 @ 12:28 am

    Former USSR leader Breznyev proclaimed that vassal socialist countries have only limited sovereignty, and that Moscow decides what is right or wrong. Now we can see the same behavior between the US and its vassal countries.
    The GCHQ worked with Huawei for years and hasn’t found any security threats. Then Uncle Sam told the British government to stop Huawei, which actually means to deprive itself of the state-of-the-art technology. Somehow they want to blame China for their wrong decisions

    • Avatar mick 18/11/2020 @ 8:27 am

      not quite state-of-the-art stealing & lying

  7. Avatar Joesmoe 18/11/2020 @ 6:48 pm

    Your kidding Huawei, don’t count on a new government to change the mindset. Huawei will never be a leader and or a provider of 5G. Communist practices will NEVER be an accepted as a for front/leader in tech. Mark my words…

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