UK weighs Huawei 5G ban as anti-China sentiment grows

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LONDON — Calls within the British government are growing to shut out Huawei Technologies from ultrafast 5G networks here as China faces increasing pushback over the coronavirus pandemic and security.The National Cyber Security Center recently launched an emergency review of Huawei’s role in the U.K.’s mobile networks, after the U.S. Commerce Department announced a further crackdown May 15.”Following the U.S. announcement of additional sanctions against Huawei, the NCSC is looking carefully at any impact they could have to the U.K.’s networks,” a spokesperson for the agency had said.The NCSC previously concluded that security risks associated with Huawei products were manageable. The British government said in January that Huawei can supply up to 35% of nonsensitive parts of 5G networks, rebuffing American pressure to lock the company out over espionage concerns. At the time, the U.K. concluded that replacing the Huawei parts already in its mobile networks would cost too much.The government now appears to be changing its tune in light of the U.S. sanctions and the growing criticism of China’s initial response to the novel coronavirus. The U.K. death toll of nearly 40,000 is the highest in Europe, and the …

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