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Boris Johnson’s Huawei 5G Decision Is A Massive Mistake

The British government has caved in to business pressure to let Huawei, China’s controversial telecoms provider, supply up to 35 percent of Britain’s rapidly expanding 5G mobile communications networks. The government says that Huawei won’t be allowed to provide ‘Critical National Infrastructure’. But for all practical purposes, Huawei is in.

In making the decision, Boris Johnson and his National Security Council faced conflicting advice from the United States, which maintains that Huawei equipment poses a serious threat to national security, and its own advisers in the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, who believe that the risks can be managed.

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