The defense committee of the British parliament said on Thursday that it had found clear evidence that the telecommunications giant Huawei had colluded with the Chinese state and said the UK may need to remove all Huawei equipment earlier than planned.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July ordered Huawei equipment to be purged from the nascent 5G network by the end of 2027. US President Donald Trump took credit for the British decision.
“The West must come together urgently to promote a counterweight to China’s technological dominance,” said Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the defense committee. “We must not give up our national security for the sake of short-term technological development.”
The committee did not go into detail about the exact nature of the ties, but said it had seen clear evidence of Huawei’s collusion with “the apparatus of the Communist Party of China.”
Huawei said the report lacked credibility.
“It is based on opinion rather than fact. We are confident that people will see through these unfounded allegations of collusion and will instead remember what Huawei has brought to Britain over the past 20 years, “said a Huawei spokesperson.
When asked about the committee’s comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that some in the UK should think before speaking and that the legitimate interests of Chinese companies were being harmed.
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