The US Continues to Put Pressure on the British for Huawei
Despite the UK’s decision to allow Huawei only partially, American politicians want to increase the pressure to revise the decision.
In the US, four Republican senators, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Marco Rubio, want to introduce legislation that will remove Britain from the white list of countries whose companies are not being further investigated for foreign investment (in the US).
Today, Canada and Australia are getting such an exception alongside the UK.
According to Reuters, the intention is to persuade the country by law to return to the decision to allow Huawei only in non-core components of British telecom networks.
The US wants Huawei to be banned entirely from its allies and exerts substantial pressure on it. Evidence that Huawei would spy on behalf of China, as the US repeatedly quotes, has never been given.
In the meantime, Huawei has also announced that it will build a factory for mobile base stations in France. The location is not yet fixed, but in the first phase, Huawei is investing 200 million euros in the location where around 500 people will get to work.
In the meantime, Huawei is waiting for the green light from the French government. It still has to decide whether the company can supply 5G equipment to French operators. But it wants to make it clear that the factory is independent of that.
“The plant will be built in France regardless of the decision of the French government because it is part of our strategy,” said Minggang Zhang, deputy head of Huawei’s activities in France, to Reuters.
French finance minister already said that Huawei’s decision will not affect the government’s decision whether or not to allow the company.