The US claims Huawei, one of China's most important companies, poses a spying risk to Western technology infrastructure. The latest move against the firm comes amid a worsening trade was between Beijing and Washington, after which a breakthrough fell apart, resulted in billions of dollars in both sides.
The Huawei issue cuts to the heart of tensions between security and economic interests when it comes to China and Chinese influence. While many countries around the world share Washington's suspicion – even hostility – towards Beijing, China would entail.
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Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Theresa May fired her defense secretary, Gavin Williamson, after which he gave the 5G network.
May Accused Williamson – who has previously expressed "very deep concerns" about Huawei – of leaking information from a meeting of the UK's National Security Council, a claim he has denied. The Huawei issue has been exposed to new tensions in May's Conservative Party, already in progress on Brexit and shopping around for a new leader to takeover when the Prime Minster stands down in the wake of the UK.
Huawei in British network infrastructure, but not a full ban.
Others in the party strongly favors a complete ban, following Washington's lead. Last month
Tom Tugenhadt, Conservative Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, said in Huawei's 5G network "we want to be a dragon in the critical national infrastructure of the UK."
He accused May – in ignoring US and Australian lawyer against Huawei – of "putting in danger the 70 year intelligence sharing relationship that has underpinned the security of the UK is worth it, for Chinese commercial gain."
That sense of commercial gain is likely to come to the fore. China wants to help boost the British economy in the face of an unavoidable dip following a split with Europe.
Tugenhadt's committee is conducting an inquiry into "China and the international rules-based system." Huawei's involvement in the UK's 5G infrastructure is in the panel's most recent report.
Bob Seely, another Conservative member of the committee, has argued that "Huawei – by definition – can not be a trusted provider because it comes as a one-party state and is mandated to work with Chinese security services."  Huawei wants to be an issue in the upcoming Tory leadership contest, and is one of several MPs within the party pressuring May to reverse her position.
The Chinese company has severely denied espionage claims, saying that it would agree with Beijing on the issue of suicide.
Huawei chairman Liang Hua said: "willing to no spying, no back doors. "
Another of Huawei's rotating chairmen, Ken Hu, is in Europe this week. On Thursday, Hu wants to attend the annual Viva Tech conference in Paris, alongside French President Emmanuel Macron.
Huawei is believed to be on the fence about the UK. However, Macron has been encouraging other European leaders to make a stronger stance on China, and may seek to use Trump's latest move against Huawei as a means to push this agenda.
Certainly, other European countries are more skeptical. The continent also plays host to two of Huawei's biggest competitors when it comes to 5G, Ericsson of Sweden and Nokia of Finland.
Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, warned that allowing Huawei's into these countries' telecoms infrastructure would make them more difficult. "
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has so far refused to bow to US Huawei's pressure, however, has expressed its opposition to its involvement.
"Security, especially when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves," Merkel said in March , according to Reuters.
That pressure could see Merkel change her position, as she seeks European agreement on this issue. But we are doing this done. "[Http://enwikipediaorg)19659006] Trump's latest salvo against Huawei, and notes that it could improve. But in a Europe is already over Brexit and struggling to come up with a coherent strategy on China, it's not clear a consensus is actually on the cards.