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Boris Johnson plans to scale back Huawei role in UK s 5G network: Report

Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to reduce Chinese telecom giant Huawei s involvement in Britain s 5G network in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a UK media report on Saturday. According to The Daily Telegraph , Johnson has instructed officials to draw up plans that would see China s involvement in the UK s upgraded telecom network scaled down to zero by 2023. He still wants a relationship with China but the Huawei deal is going to be significantly scaled back. Officials have been instructed to come up with a plan to reduce Huawei s involvement as quickly as possible, the newspaper quoted a well-placed source as saying. He has taken a great many soundings from his own MPs on this issue and shares their serious concerns. The deal was struck before the pandemic hit but coronavirus has changed everything, the source said. The move follows a tough stance taken by the US against China over spying concerns related to its involvement in the 5G network. Johnson is due to ..


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