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THE government’s decision to sever a deal with Chinese company Huawei was condemned today by British communists.
PM Boris Johnson ordered tech firms to strip Huawei’s equipment from 5G networks in Britain after chairing a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Tuesday.
The decision led to concerns being raised in the Commons about the possibility of retaliation from Beijing, but ministers insisted they would not be “cowed” by China.
Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths said: “The decision to break a deal with Huawei on digital technologies follows recent, clearly orchestrated attacks on China, including downright lies about its treatment of minorities.
“This is culture war, used to soften the path for economic warfare. What’s more it raises questions about sovereignty and the ability of Britain to cut its own deals, free from outside — principally US — interference.
“We want high-skilled jobs, using the best technology available with pay that allows workers to plan ahead and contribute to the rebuilding of their communities.
“Breaking the deal with Huawei is the government cutting off the worker’s nose to spite all our faces.
“The Communist Party urges those unions who understand the pressing need for an industrial strategy and the TUC to reject the often racist, always anti-communist, anti-China rhetoric and get back into investment and rebuilding.”
The expulsion of Huawei from 5G networks by 2027 will delay the deployment of 5G technology by up to three years and add £2 billion to the project’s cost, according to the government.
It news came after Britain’s experts from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned that highly restrictive US sanctions imposed in May meant the security of Huawei’s equipment could not be guaranteed.
Huawei described the move as disappointing.
British spokesman Ed Brewster said: “Regrettably, our future in the UK has become politicised. This is about US trade policy and not security.”
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