Chinese foreign ministry criticizes Britain for attacking its tech companies

The UK telecom authority highlighted that this move will perk-up the security requirements for next-generation wireless and optical fiber networks

A day after Britain’s telecom companies were warned of imposing heavy fines of violating the UK’s Telecommunications (Security) Bill on using equipment made by Huawei, China’s foreign minister strongly criticized this move of illegally attacking the global Chinese tech companies.

The fine proposed could be 10% of turnover or 100,000 pounds ($133,140) if the telecom companies violate the rules and regulations mentioned in the bill. The telecom authorities of the UK stated to the media that this security bill will strengthen the security frameworks of the country’s telecom networks and also eradicate the threat of high-risk vendors.

As of now, there is no news whether the Chinese foreign ministry will take any action against this proposed move or not. The US is the first country that prevented all its IT companies from using Huawei’s equipment to protect the security standards. The “boycott of Chinese goods” and anti-China sentiments sparked during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even, the Indian government recently banned 43 Chinese apps under section 69 of the IT act.

The UK telecom authority further highlighted that this move will perk-up the security requirements for next-generation wireless and optical fiber networks. The Trump administered country constantly urged its various allies and European countries to avoid all sorts of products manufactured by Huawei as that could be a huge security risk. Even, Huawei and several Chinese tech companies were alleged by the Trump administration of stealing classified information, which China denies.

In an interaction with AP News, Zhao Lijjan, a Chinese ministry spokesman said, “Without any evidence, the British side has repeatedly cooperated with the United States to discriminate against and suppress Chinese companies under the pretext of unfounded risks.”

Britain is “blatantly violating the principles of market economy and free trade, seriously damaging the normal operations of Chinese companies” and hurting trust between the two governments, Zhao said.

According to global security experts, the Donald Trump government is pushing hard to restrict Huawei from operating in the country as it is suspected to gather secret user’s information and pose other security risks. For example, TikTok, HikVision, and WeChat are in the US-Chinese tussle over security and technology.


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