The Trump Administration warns UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to not let ‘parasite’ Huawei attach itself to the UK
The Trump administration is furious with Boris Johnson over plans to build a Huawei centre in England, with a senior official warning that China could attach itself like a “parasite” to the UK.
Huawei, the tech giant with alleged close links to the Chinese government, is planning to build a £400 million research facility in Cambridgeshire which will focus on developing chips for broadband. It follows Boris Johnson’s approval of a plan to allow Huawei to build part of its 5G network, despite fierce opposition from Washington.
Trump reportedly hung the phone up on Johnson earlier this year in a moment of “apoplectic” fury, after the UK prime minister refused to heed his previous warnings about Huawei.
Keith Krach, the US undersecretary of state for economic growth, said the UK should, “put the whole thing in perspective- aggressive tactics of the Chinese Communist party, because it all starts from there.”
He said, “They are after the people and technology. They want to co-opt the researchers, and talent from one of the most prestigious universities. They want to get their hands on the technology and Intellectual Property to take back to China.”
Huawei insists that it is a privately owned company which is not subject to Chinese government influence and denies that it poses a security threat. However, a report from Conservative MP Bob Seely and two academics last year said that the firm was, “subject to influence by the Chinese state.”
Boris Johnson has come under significant pressure from Conservative MPs to reset the party’s relationship with China amid fears that it is too dependent on Beijing for vital imports and could be increasingly dependent upon it for infrastructure projects