British MPs have said they have found clear evidence of Huawei colluding with the Chinese Communist Party, and are looking to remove the telecom giant’s equipment from the British 5G network sooner than expected, according to AAP.
The British parliament’s defense committee didn’t go into specifics as to what evidence they saw, but urged Western nations to “urgently unite to advance a counterweight to China’s tech dominance.”
Huawei said the report by the parliamentary body lacks credibility, and is built on opinions rather than facts.
“We’re sure people will see through these groundless accusations of collusion and remember instead what Huawei has delivered for Britain over the past 20 years,” a spokesperson said.
The telecom giant’s “opinions rather than facts” argument has rung true before, when, in 2018, Huawei was blocked from bringing its 5G network to Australia despite the fact, according to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s autobiography A Bigger Picture, there was no evidence the company had committed any wrongdoing.
Huawei has long denied it has any suspect involvement with the Chinese government, though US officials have repeatedly said the business could be used to spy for China – a similar claim pointed at Chinese social phenomenon TikTok.
Despite the fact it has been targeted by western governments Huawei has continued expanding in the regions, recently launching its second experience store in World Square, Sydney.