The British flag and a smart device with a Huawei and 5G network logo design are seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration photo taken January 29,2020 REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/Files
TOKYO (Reuters) – The British government has actually asked Japan to assist construct its 5G cordless networks without Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the Nikkei stated on Sunday, an additional step in an international innovation and security war in between the United States and China.
British officials met their counterparts in Tokyo on Thursday, two days after Britain bought Huawei equipment purged from its 5G networks by the end of 2027, the Nikkei stated.
As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, fears over the security of Huawei have forced Prime Minister Johnson to choose in between the United States and China, weighing a crucial alliance against billions in financial investment.
The Nikkei said the newest relocation shows Britain’s effort to generate brand-new equipment providers to foster competitors and aid minimize costs for the nation’s cordless carriers.
The British embassy in Tokyo and Fujitsu did not immediately respond to email or text queries on Sunday. Japan’s Cabinet Secretariat and NEC did not address calls. Huawei had no immediate comment.
China opposes the exemption of companies from certain countries without evidence, and doing so can damage the progress of humanity, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin when asked about the report at a daily news conference in Beijing on Monday.
British digital minister Oliver Dowden recently said Britain was working with its allies to foster stronger rivals to Huawei, calling companies from Finland, Sweden, South Korea and Japan.
Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki in Tokyo; Additional reporting by David Kirton in Shenzhen and Ryan Woo in Beijing; Editing by William Mallard