UK poised to decide on allowing Huawei to build new networks

LONDON (AP) – Britain’s National Security Council is poised to decide whether to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to build aspects of its new high speed mobile network, a pivotal decision with implications for the country’s diplomatic relations with the United States (US) and China.

The infrastructure programme is seen as being critical to Britain’s economic future as the country leaves the European Union (EU). But the decision is fraught, as the US objects to the contract because of Huawei’s ties to the Chinese government and has threatened to cut off intelligence cooperation if the deal goes forward.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump discussed the issue last week, just days ahead of the council’s meeting. The Financial Times has reported the meeting is expected to agree that the company can play a restricted role in  the project.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Department of Mathematics at King’s Maths School, part of King’s College London University, in London. PHOTO: AP