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US officials to visit Britain, pushing for Huawei 5G ban - Reuters News

A delegation of US officials will arrive in Britain on Monday to try to persuade Britain not to use Huawei equipment in the upgrade of its telecoms network, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

Reuters reports that Britain is expected to make a final call on how to deploy Huawei Technologies equipment in its future 5G networks later this month.

key notes

  • Security minister Brandon Lewis told the BBC on Sunday a decision would be taken "relatively soon".
  • UK ministers must weigh US-led allegations that the equipment could be used for Chinese state spying against Britain's relationship with Beijing and industry warnings that banning the firm outright would cost billions of dollars.
  • Huawei, the world's largest maker of mobile networking equipment, has repeatedly denied that its equipment could be used for spying.
  • One US senator has introduced a bill that would prevent the United States from sharing intelligence with countries that allow Huawei Technologies to operate 5G network technology. 
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been expected to press British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over Huawei when the pair met in Washington last week. 
  • British defence Minister Ben Wallace told the Sunday Times that US President Donald Trump and his advisers have threatened to cut off some intelligence to the UK if the National Security Council gives Huawei a green light.

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