Chinese telecoms company’s chairman says concerns about surveillance are overblown
'Huawei’s chairman has said the Chinese company would be prepared to sign a “no-spy agreement” with the British government to reassure politicians that it has no intention of allowing its technology to be used for surveillance.
Speaking on a visit to London, Liang Hua said the company did not want to spy on western consumers and that concerns about Chinese laws requiring the company to cooperate with the regime’s intelligence agencies were overblown.
“We are willing to sign a no-spy agreement with the UK government,” the company’s chairman told reporters. “No spying, no back doors,” Liang added, the first time he has made such a commitment public.
The senior executive said Huawei had not been asked to conduct any surveillance by the Chinese government, and there were “no laws requiring the companies to collect intelligence from foreign governments”.
Huawei is at the centre of a political controversy in the UK over whether it should be allowed to provide 5G mobile phone technology, with the US raising concerns that its equipment could be exploited by China for surveillance.
Last month, it emerged that the UK’s National Security Council (NSC) had taken a decision in principle to allow Huawei to supply “non-core” equipment after a fraught meeting in which five cabinet minsters raised objections.'
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