At a glance.
- UK will purge its infrastructure of Huawei equipment.
- EU, US, weigh responses to China's National Security Law.
- India continues to expel Chinese apps deemed security risks.
The UK will purge its 5G infrastructure of Huawei kit.
As expected, the UK has now banned Huawei from participation in its 5G buildout. This policy reverses an earlier decision to permit the company some limited role in non-core sections of the coming British infrastructure. In many respects the decision represents an attempt at internal compromise. British telecommunications companies had worried about the cost of replacing their Huawei-supplied gear, and had asked for a delay, if not full relief from any such requirement. They see replacement costs as onerous, and also value Huawei as a low-cost provider. The Guardian reports that all Huawei 5G equipment must be out of British 5G networks by 2027, and that no new 5G gear may be purchased after the end of this year. The BBC reports that Tory backbenchers remain unsatisfied (they want quicker action) but the decision represents a sharp setback for Huawei. HM Government has assured restive MPs that Huawei's role in the national infrastructure will be vanishingly small come 2024's general election.
The Washington Post frames the decision as representing, in international terms, a major US foreign policy victory. There's been at least one corporate consequence of the Governments decision: according to Sky News, Huawei UK’s chair, Lord Browne, has resigned.
The EU and US consider responses to China's Hong Kong National Security Law.
The European Union, the Wall Street Journal says, is deliberating a range of measures designed to register disapproval and impose costs on Beijing for its effective end to Hong Kong's semi-autonomous status within the People's Republic. The measures under consideration include export bans, liberal grants of visas to Hong Kong residents, and abrogation of existing extradition treaties. The Journal also reports that the US is considering a similar range of responses, but notes that in this case American leverage is likely to be limited. Sino-American bilateral relations are already frosty, and, as with the EU, the challenge is to craft measures that won't involve substantial economic blowback.
India continues its ban of Chinese tech it considers a security risk.
India's Government has persisted in its decision to look for and ban Chinese technology it considers a security risk. Policy in New Delhi hardened markedly after last month's lethal skirmishes along the Sino-Indian border. CPO Magazine reports that, "The ban consists of requests sent to Apple and Google, asking the tech giants to remove a total of 59 apps owned and operated by Chinese companies from the Indian versions of their app stores. Both companies agreed to comply with the national security request and are gradually removing the Chinese apps." The applications in question include popular apps like TikTok, UC Browser, and Clash of Kings.