British foreign minister warns of Chinese technology companies
09:09 - 29/04/2019
- British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt called on his country to be cautious about the role of Chinese technology companies, days after Prime Minister Teresa Mae agreed to let Huawei Telecom giant help build the UK's fifth generation network.
The newspaper "Telegraph" British that Hunt raised concerns about the laws of China, which obliges companies to cooperate with intelligence agencies in Beijing, saying: "We must study these considerations very carefully."
"We are right to have some caution about the role of large Chinese companies because of the amount of control that the Chinese state can exercise in a way that will not be possible if they are large Western companies," Hunt said.
"This does not mean that their role is automatically evil, but there are things like the 2017 law that obligates all Chinese companies, whatever their ownership, to cooperate with the Chinese intelligence services on any occasion," he said. "It is clear that at the same time In making our decision, we must carefully consider these considerations. "
The British National Security Council, headed by Mai, agreed last week to allow Huawei to help build "non-major" infrastructure for the new fifth-generation network, such as antennas, according to reports published last week.
Western countries are considering whether to exclude Huawei from expanding its fifth-generation network amid accusations the company is too close to the Chinese government. Ending / 25