PHOTO FILE: A cameraman noted during the Huawei stream product launch event in Barcelona, Spain February 24, 2020. REUTERS / Nacho Doce
LONDON (Reuters) – The British government made a firm decision to allow Huawei China to have a role in building the 5G telephone network in the country and insofar as foreign ministry officials understood it was not reopened, he said on Tuesday.
Britain decided in January to allow Huawei to enter into what the government said was an insensitive part of its 5G network, limiting its involvement to 35%.
Asked whether he would advise the foreign minister to try to change the government’s position on Huawei, Simon McDonald, permanently under the secretary and head of diplomatic services at the foreign ministry, told MPs: “As you know … the government decided to continue with investment but with very strict conditions … As far as I know that … is a firm decision and not reopened. ”
“China is a very important partner from the United Kingdom and I think it is compatible to continue with Huawei’s decision and have a strategic independent relationship that I have talked about.”
Reporting by Elizabeth Piper
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