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Beijing claims UK has lost independence on Huawei 5G issue, warns of retaliation over tech firm’s ban
China has lashed out at Britains decision to exclude Huawei from developing the countrys 5G network, suggesting the move was self-defeating and would negatively affect Sino-British economic cooperation.
Phasing out Huawei technology from the UK’s fifth-generation wireless network reveals a lack of independence, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday, adding that the United Kingdom should act more in line with its own interests.
The heated remarks mirrored a denunciation issued by China’s Ministry of Commerce, which railed against Britain’s “discriminatory” ban on Huawei products. A spokesman for the ministry warned that measures would be taken to defend Chinese firms' legal rights in the UK, accusing the British government of violating World Trade Organization rules. Beijing also made it clear that trade relations between the two nations would suffer.
Downing Street announced earlier this week that British telecoms companies will be banned from buying Huawei 5G equipment starting from the end of this year. The firms also must weed out all Huawei components from the country’s 5G network by 2027.