China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

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The UK's National Cyber Security Centre has decided that if there is a risk in using Huawei equipment in our 5G networks, it can be managed. The US argues that if countries in the west allow Huawei to build their 5G infrastructure, the Chinese telecoms giant could work in backdoors which would allow the Chinese government access to data which flows through the network.

If competent government oversight can mitigate the risk of non-specific national security concerns, allowing carriers the option to use lower cost, quality equipment in their 5G rollouts, the big victor is the consumer.

The company, the biggest global maker of switching gear for phone and internet companies, denies accusations it facilitates Chinese spying.

Earlier this month, the chief of Britain's foreign intelligence service said Britain should avoid relying on a monopoly provider of equipment in new 5G mobile networks, but that there were no easy answers to concerns about using Huawei.

Expectations are high that the USA administration will further delay planned tariff hikes next month on $US200 billion ($279 billion) of Chinese imports as both sides hash out a deal Mr Trump insists must address both structural trade imbalances as well as the trade deficit.

The advice suggests the United Kingdom may be reticent to follow other nations in banning Huawei from supplying 5G technology.

Huawei, along with another Chinese network equipment company ZTE Corp, has been accused by the U.S. of working at the behest of the Chinese government.

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European officials, including a vice-president of the European Union, have expressed concern about Chinese regulations issued previous year that require companies to co-operate with intelligence agencies.

Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada in December and faces possible extradition to the United States. The U.S. has accused her of fraud and violating global sanctions against Iran, which she and Huawei have both denied.

It will be up to the country's government to decide whether to take the NCSC's advice on board.

Despite US fears, United Kingdom intelligence agencies have found no evidence of "malicious Chinese state cyber activity through Huawei".

'We have set out the improvements we expect the company to make.

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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