China says Britain will have to endure ‘public and painful’ retaliation for Huawei

  • Chinese state media said on Wednesday that the UK should face “public and painful ‘retaliation for the decision to ban Huawei from its 5G network.”
  • A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Britain’s decision would “come at a cost”, while Britain described the country as “America’s mongrel”.
  • Boris Johnson’s government has repeatedly clashed with Beijing in recent weeks after giving 3 million Hong Kong citizens the right to live and work in Britain.
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Chinese state media on Wednesday accused a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry of calling Britain a “thug America”, saying Britain should suffer “public and painful” reprisals for the decision to ban Britain from its 5G network.

Boris Johnson’s government said on Tuesday that the UK would ban the purchase of all new 5G infrastructure from Huawei until 31 December, with all existing equipment removed by 2027 by the Chinese firm.

Britain’s Culture Secretary Dowden told members of the UK that Britain could no longer guarantee its security with Huawei after the Donald Trump administration imposed major restrictions on the telecom firm.

Johnson’s government has canceled its deal with Huawei to build the UK 5G amid pressure from the White House, along with opposition from the Prime Minister’s own Conservative Party lawmakers.

The UK insists that the decision to undo its agreement with Huawei was not made to provoke China or damage London’s relationship with Beijing, with a Johnson spokesman on Tuesday saying the UK “had a positive and constructive relationship Wanted.”

However, China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, said on Wednesday morning that the move was “disappointing and inaccurate.”

Ziaming tweeted: “Disappointing and wrong decision by Britain on #Hawi. It has become questionable whether the UK can provide an open, fair and non-discriminatory business environment for companies from other countries.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said during a press briefing on Wednesday that Britain’s decision would come “at a cost” to the country, stating that Britain had become “America’s tag”.

Beijing has suggested that UK companies with operations in China, including BP, Jaguar Land Rover, and GlaxoSmithKline, will receive harsh treatment in light of Huawei being excluded from the UK network.

China Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “This is a litmus test for the direction the UK market will go after Brexit, and whether UK businesses in China will be provided with an open, fair and non-discriminatory environment , “The Times of London reports.

An editorial in Chinese state media suggested that Beijing would “retaliate” against Britain, which it described as a “weak link”.

The editorial of the Chinese state news organization The Global Times stated, “It is necessary for China to retaliate against Britain, otherwise it will not be very easy to threaten us. Such retaliation should be public and painful for Britain.” . “

However, he said that “turning it into a Sino-UK confrontation is unnecessary because” the UK is not the US, nor Australia, nor Canada. This is a relative ‘weak link’ in Five Eyes. “

“In the long run, Britain has no reason to turn against China, with the issue of Hong Kong.

The US had previously urged the UK to cut ties with Huawei, warning that a deal with the company would give China a back door into Western intelligence. The issue was the subject of controversy, when President Trump once hung up on Johnson in an “apoplectic” phone call.

US sanctions were designed to prevent Huawei from using US-made equipment to make semiconductors, raising concerns in London that the firm would use alternative technology with additional security risks.

Johnson’s official spokesman said on Tuesday that the sanctions imposed on Huawei this year by the Trump administration were a “game-changer” which meant Britain had no choice but to change course.

The decision will delay the rollout of 5G in the UK by at least two years, Dawdon told MPs on Tuesday, creating additional costs of up to £ 2 billion or $ 2.5 billion.

The line is the latest in a series of conflicts between the two countries, with China threatening retaliation for Boris Johnson’s promise to give 3 million Hong Kong citizens the right to remain in Britain.