China To Take ‘Necessary Measures’ Over UK’s Ban On Huawei: Report
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson recently ordered Huawei equipment to be completely removed from UK’s 5G network by the end of 2027. And now China’s Commerce Ministry has said that it will take the necessary steps in response to Britain’s “discriminatory” ban on Huawei as it hurt China’s investment confidence, reports Reuters.
“China is evaluating the UK actions that have betrayed free trade principles and will take necessary measures to resolutely defend Chinese firms’ legal rights,” states ministry spokesman, Gao Feng. The order around the Huawei ban was made earlier this week by Johnson. British Digital Minister Oliver Dowden stated that the decision around Huawei has not been an easy one but it had to be made for the UK telecom networks keeping in mind its national security and economy.
There have been reports that the U.S. president, Donald Trump, had pushed Boris Johnson’s decisions around granting Huawei permission to operate in its 5G networks. However, Britain denied it and has stated the reason behind the change in its policy has been because of new US sanctions on chip technology and other security concerns. Gao has urged the U.K. to “correct its wrong behavior” to protect its trade ties with China
Britain has set the complete Huawei ban for December 31, 2027. This will delay the 5G rollout plans in the U.K. by two to three years, and will also add costs of up to GBP 2 billion pounds (i.e. around INR 18,943 crores).