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China Says to Protect its Interests after UK Huawei Ban

China Says to Protect its Interests after UK Huawei Ban

Wednesday, 15 July, 2020 - 07:45
FILE PHOTO: Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China, January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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China said on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to safeguard its interests following Britain's decision to purge all Huawei Technologies Co Ltd equipment from its 5G network by the end of 2027.


Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that China strongly opposes Britain's decision and said the decision was driven by the politicization of commercial and technological issues and not by national security.


The United States hailed Britain's decision Tuesday, following months of pressure from Washington.


"We welcome news that the United Kingdom plans to ban Huawei from future 5G networks and phase out untrusted Huawei equipment from existing networks," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.


"We will continue to work with our British friends on fostering a secure and vibrant 5G ecosystem, which is critical to transatlantic security and prosperity," he said.


The British ban, which came despite warnings of retaliation by Beijing, handed a victory to US President Donald Trump's administration, which has been seeking to isolate the Chinese telecom titan.


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