Beijing defends Huawei amid row over role in UK’s 5G network

The UK should make “independent” decisions about whether to let Huawei help build its 5G network, according to China’s ambassador in London.

The US, Australia and New Zealand say the Chinese firm is a security risk because of its ties to the state.

But writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Liu Xiaoming said Britain should resist pressure from other nations.

He said risks should be taken seriously but added the company had enjoyed a “good track record on security”.

Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported the UK had agreed to allow Huawei limited access to help build Britain’s new 5G network, amid warnings about possible risks to national security.

The paper also reported that various ministers had raised concerns about the plan.

But defending Huawei, Mr Liu said: “Countries of global influence, like the UK, make decisions independently and in accordance with their national interests.

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