Should Chinese firms be allowed to take charge of building vital parts of Britain’s infrastructure, such as our 5G phone networks and nuclear power plants in Suffolk and Essex? Senior Tories increasingly think they should not. Sceptical MPs believe Britain cannot cede control of such important assets to firms that must ultimately bow to the will of the ruling Communist Party in China. Even the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has expressed concern at the growing influence in Britain of firms such as Huawei, whose technology is being used in the rollout of superfast 5G mobile internet. Former Treasury mandarin James Sassoon – the chairman of the China-Britain Business Council – believes there is another way to stand up to the increasing power of China as it spreads its influence – and technological expertise – across the Western world. ‘China is very dependent on the UK in a number of areas, and we shouldn’t forget it,’ Lord Sassoon tells me over a Zoom video conference call from his home library. ‘We need to manage any dependency we have on China to make sure it is safe, but I think we should exploit every opportunity we have to make China more dependent on us for drugs from AstraZeneca, or engines from Rolls-Royce. ‘That is the way that we get more jobs, but also some respect from China, which we can then use to talk to them and influence them.’
Daily Mail 20th June 2020 read more »
How Huawei got a foothold in a top UK research site. The Chinese company bought a British fibre-optics champion from a government agency in 2012 – and has been expanding ever since. BT Adastral Park research center Martlesham near Ipswich Suffolk England.
Telegraph 20th June 2020 read more »
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei faces a fresh row over plans to build a £400m R&D centre near Cambridge, in the heart of “Silicon Fen”. Huawei, which is at the centre of a global battle over its role in Britain’s 5G mobile network, is expected to receive planning permission this week to construct a facility for researching and developing chips for use in broadband. The site is in the village of Sawston, seven miles from Cambridge and a 15-minute drive from the Japanese-owned semiconductor giant ARM Holdings.
Times 21st June 2020 read more »