an expected decision, but one that will not be good for many in the conservative party: because the government of Boris Johnson has decided to ban the Chinese from Huawei from the development of the rete 5G britannica, but it took seven years to completely remove the presence of theBeijing companyaccused of ties to intelligence from the London telecommunications network.
The date of 2027
The Minister for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, announced in Parliament that starting January 1 will be prohibited from buying new 5G technology from Huawei, but the Chinese will only be definitively removed by the end of 2027. In a letter sent to Johnson on the eve of the announcement, ten conservative MPs had warned of unreasonable delays and the former party leader, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, had called the seven-year span unacceptable. By the next elections (which are scheduled for the end of 2024, ed) – we will have implemented an irreversible path by law for the complete removal of Huawei from our 5G networks – said Minister Dowden. But these are words that will hardly appease the frond inside the conservatories, where in recent times the lobby of anti-Chinese hawks has particularly strengthened, demanding drastic actions. Also because the government has not even set a timetable to exclude Huawei’s presence from 3G and 4G.
The British decision comes on the wave of sanctions imposed by the United States in May against the Chinese company: at first Johnson had seemed to want to move away from the position of Donald Trump, but in the end he preferred to align himself in Washington, after many British experts also highlighted the risks of a company closely linked to the Beijing regime within a strategic infrastructure such as that of the latest generation telecommunications. The Huawei ban accompanies other London actions that indicate a indurification of the position towards China: Britain intends to deploy the new aircraft carrier Queen Elisabeth in the Far East, with a clear deterrent function against Beijing’s territorial expansionism. And this is while the concern for the economic and cultural penetration of China is growing in Great Britain, especially in the university environment.
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