Goodbye China! Boris Johnson orders UK to take lead role in Western technology drive

Goodbye China! Boris Johnson orders UK to take lead role in Western technology drive

 

Boris Johnson has ordered the UK to take a lead role in the West’s technology drive in what appears to be an attempt to sever ties with China.

The Prime Minister wants the UK to take a lead role in efforts by the Five Eyes intelligence alliance to challenge China’s technological capabilities. The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. These countries are parties to the multilateral UK-USA Agreement, a treaty for joint cooperation in signals intelligence.

Their aim is not only to challenge China but also reduce Western reliance on companies such as Huawei.

The Prime Minister is believed to have changed his position on the issue of Chinese dominance in areas such as 5G mobile technology and is backing an initiative to ensure Western countries have an alternative source of equipment.

Members of the Five Eyes are determined to invest heavily in sectors where Chinese companies are currently dominant.

Mr Johnson revealed this decision to the National Security Council last week, this is a change in attitude by the Prime Minister.

Originally he had rejected the idea saying the idea of developing a Western-only alternative to Huawei was unrealistic.

Despite strong pressure from Washington to prohibit Huawei from aiding the UK with its forthcoming 5G network, Britain accepted equipment from the Chinese firm.

Downing Street insisted that Huawei would be barred from supplying so-called “core” equipment but critics have long insisted this will not fully counter security risks.

In an article by The Mail on Sunday, it was reported that Downing Street is now looking to reset and rebalance” relations with Beijing.

It’s reported this is down to China’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic and its efforts to quell dissent in Hong Kong.

This shift in policy means the UK and other members of the Five Eyes can now press ahead with a Western alternative to Huawei’s 5G technology.

The Prime Minister is believed to have changed his position on the issue of Chinese dominance in areas such as 5G mobile technology and is backing an initiative to ensure Western countries have an alternative source of equipment.

Members of the Five Eyes are determined to invest heavily in sectors where Chinese companies are currently dominant.

Mr Johnson revealed this decision to the National Security Council last week, this is a change in attitude by the Prime Minister.

Originally he had rejected the idea saying the idea of developing a Western-only alternative to Huawei was unrealistic.

Despite strong pressure from Washington to prohibit Huawei from aiding the UK with its forthcoming 5G network, Britain accepted equipment from the Chinese firm.

Downing Street insisted that Huawei would be barred from supplying so-called “core” equipment but critics have long insisted this will not fully counter security risks.

In an article by The Mail on Sunday, it was reported that Downing Street is now looking to reset and rebalance” relations with Beijing.

It’s reported this is down to China’s response to the Covid-19 epidemic and its efforts to quell dissent in Hong Kong.

This shift in policy means the UK and other members of the Five Eyes can now press ahead with a Western alternative to Huawei’s 5G technology.

2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nice update

  2. Reply

    Nice article
    Thanks for sharing

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