Britain's 5G network security review ongoing: PM May's spokesman

UK security chiefs: Huawei risk in 5G can be contained

China's government has accused Washington of trying to block its industrial development after Vice President Mike Pence said Chinese tech giant Huawei and other telecom equipment suppliers are a security threat. Shown here is its Honor phone.

The UK will not need to ban Huawei's 5G kit, despite rumors that the company's hardware could pose a national security risk, reports have claimed.

Britain's National Cyber Security Centre has concluded that it can limit the risks from using telecoms equipment from China's Huawei, the Financial Times reported on February 17, citing two people familiar with the matter.

A NCSC spokesperson said:"The National Cyber Security Centre is committed to the security of United Kingdom networks, and we have a unique oversight and understanding of Huawei engineering and cyber-security".

Expectations are high that the U.S. administration will further delay planned tariff hikes next month on $US200 billion ($279 billion) of Chinese imports as both sides hash out a deal Mr Trump insists must address both structural trade imbalances as well as the trade deficit.

Huawei said in a statement Monday that it's open to dialogue and that "cybersecurity is an issue which needs to be addressed across the whole industry".

In the UK, Huawei had been a key partner for numerous top operators, including EE and BT, although the latter removed all Huawei equipment from EE's 4G core network past year.

The official report is unlikely to come out for some time. However, there's a government decision due around April to say whether or not Huawei will be barred from contributing equipment to the UK's 5G network.

Huawei has set up security labs in Britain and Germany aimed at building confidence that its equipment does not contain "back doors" for Chinese intelligence services.

Last week Alex Younger, the head of Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence service, said it was more complicated than "in or out" when asked if Britain was seeking to manage risks perceived as being attached to Huawei rather than simply to ban it.

The Bloomberg report said the United States request for a pledge to keep the yuan's value stable was aimed at neutralizing any effort by Beijing to devalue its currency to counter American tariffs.

A spokesman said: 'As was made clear in July's HCSEC (Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre) oversight board, the NCSC has concerns around Huawei's engineering and security capabilities.

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