United Kingdom concludes using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk, report says

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with US representatives as talks come up fast against a March 1 deadline. POOL  AFP  File  Andy Wong

UK security chiefs: Huawei risk in 5G can be contained

The report will include recommendations on how to respond to Chinese espionage risks from Huawei to 5G networks, according to a source cited by the FT.

China's National Intelligence Law plainly says that Chinese organizations and citizens shall support, assist and co-operate with state intelligence work, prompting national security concerns in Canada.

"Whether such an approach can prevail in Canada in the face of USA pressure is the question for us, as it is for Britain and Europe", Wark said Monday.

Nokia has 18 commercial 5G radio contracts, so "it is hard to argue that the technical capacity to advance 5G is not available to operators in European countries", Mr Mangan said in emailed comments on Sunday.

The recommendation from the National Cyber Security Centre is said to have come after a review of "5G" mobile technology and the potential risks it poses.

The news follows a report from German outlet Handelsblatt (via Reuters) in early February, which claimed that the German government is reluctant to ban Huawei 5G equipment in the country.

While Australia and New Zealand have banned Huawei from providing equipment for their 5G networks, the NCSC's conclusion would "carry great weight" with European leaders.

European officials, including a vice-president of the European Union, have expressed concern about Chinese regulations issued past year that require companies to co-operate with intelligence agencies. In late December, Reuters published an article in which it reported that President Donald Trump was considering an executive order to ban usa carriers from using equipment made by Huawei.

Last month Ms Meng, who is the daughter of the Huawei founder, was charged with wire fraud that violated United States sanctions on Iran.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December and faces possible extradition to the US. In turn, government security agencies of a communist country with global ambitions would prize such information.

Robert Hannigan, former head of the Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ), the United Kingdom signals intelligence agency, recently wrote in the FT that blanket bans on Chinese tech companies like Huawei make no sense. That has prompted some industry analysts to suggest Washington is trying to use security concerns to handicap Chinese competitors. The National Cyber Security Centre said this summer that it had concerns about the engineering and security of Huawei's networks.

Huawei said in a statement Monday that it's open to dialogue and that "cybersecurity is an issue which needs to be addressed across the whole industry".

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