In May, Washington barred the Chinese tech giant from buying US-made equipment, including chips, citing security concerns. Many other countries have also introduced measures targeting the company.
“It is very important to recognise that there can be significant benefits to investment from overseas in this country and Chinese companies are welcome as much as any other companies but you would not expect the UK to do anything to compromise its vital national security infrastructure and you would not expect me as prime minister to do anything to compromise the ability of our fantastic intelligence services to share information as they do particularly with our five eyes partners, so that is the principle that will guide us”, Boris Johnson told Reuters.
In April, UK Prime Minister Theresa May approved Huawei’s bid to develop 5G networks in the country, despite senior security officials warning that the Chinese company could threaten national security.
US President Trump, however, threatened to stop sharing intelligence with London if the UK lets Huawei supply components for its next-generation high-speed internet project.
Previously, the United States and some other countries accused Huawei of helping Beijing steal commercial secrets and collect personal data. Both the company and the Chinese government continue to deny the allegations.