Pompeo: China will 'pay a price' for coronavirus pandemic

Pompeo: China will 'pay a price' for coronavirus pandemic

Pompeo: China will 'pay a price' for coronavirus pandemic

Offering affordable internet in the developing world and moving rapidly on 5G, Huawei has so far largely weathered U.S. prohibitions and pressure - and reported double-digit revenue growth for the first half of the year.

In a scathing editorial in the Global Times - a tabloid published by China's ruling Communist Party's main newspaper, People's Daily - the UK's decision was blamed on "heavy pressure from Washington".

Speaking at the Economic Club of NY, he cited India banning Chinese apps and said: "They did it because they could see the threat to the Indian people from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)".

MPs also called for Huawei to be removed entirely from all United Kingdom broadband and mobile networks, but ministers decided against removing existing equipment for 2G, 3G and 4G.

Here is the full statement from Huawei on the U.K banThis disappointing decision is bad news for anyone in the United Kingdom with a mobile phone.

Analysts say that London's recoil from the prior stance could fetter Britain's plans in staying competitive in the hyper-connected and hyper-broadband world, and cautioned that the political decision could have deeper implications to the global and United Kingdom economy.

He continued: "Secondly, he said it's a private company".

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Andy Purdy said: "We think when you weigh the impact of things it's an even greater negative impact on Britain".

Meanwhile, the head of French cybersecurity agency ANSSI ruled out a total ban on Huawei equipment for 5G networks in a newspaper interview on Sunday, but said French companies were being encouraged to avoid switching to Huawei.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by Boris Johnson on Tuesday morning.

In January, the firm had been given permission to play a limited role in the 5G network, but Downing Street insiders said the USA sanctions, imposed in May, were a "game changer".

President Donald Trump's administration has been trying to turn USA businesses away from China, especially having witnessed the supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic originating there.

Pompeo has been vocal in his criticisms of China, and the administration has made several pronouncements this week that put strain on an already tense relationship - including the legislation that President Trump signed on Tuesday, imposing sanctions on China for their interference in Hong Kong autonomy.

"I talked many countries out of using it: if they want to do business with us, they can't use it".

"We convinced many countries, many countries - I did this myself for the most part - not to use Huawei, because we think it's an unsafe security risk, it's a big security risk", Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden.

Mr Hancock said: "We all know Donald Trump, don't we?"

But Mr Hancock insisted it was a technical decision made on security grounds caused by USA sanctions - not by the President's lobbying.

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