UK-USA Conflict Over Huawei Intensifies – Now Australia’s Mad

( – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump had a great relationship before Johnson’s election, and into his first few weeks as the head of the UK government. That soon soured, however, after the British government announced it would be allowing Huawei to take part in the development of the UK’s national 5G network.


President Trump was reported to have been “apoplectic” in a phone call with the British premier about the decision, hanging up in anger.


While Boris Johnson insists that Huawei’s involvement with the development of the network will be as a “periphery” and not a “core” part of the rollout, the rift with the United States has now extended to the country’s Commonwealth cousin., Australia.


Parliamentarians from Australia recently canceled a trip to the United Kingdom after details of a meeting between the British and Australia foreign secretaries were leaked. Taking Donald Trump’s side on the matter, the Deputy Chair of Australia’s Intelligence Committee, Anthony Byrne, asked UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, “How would you feel if the Russians laid down infrastructure in your own networks? That’s how we feel about Huawei.”


During a visit to Australia, Raab discussed the UK government’s plans to involve Huawei and attempted to play down their involvement. It didn’t go down well.


Johnson faces a big decision in coming weeks and months as the continued involvement of Huawei could pose a risk to his country’s membership of Five Eyes. The international intelligence-sharing network that comprises Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States is one of the most important security alliances in the world.


President Trump’s ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, explained in a tweet that the president “called me from Air Force One and instructed me to make clear that any nation who choose to use an untrustworthy 5G vendor will jeopardise our ability to share intelligence and information at the highest level.”


The UK government should be more concerned about Huawei. China has a history of spying on the United States and the United Kingdom, and reports even suggested the communist state stole personal information of more than 13 million British citizens – including bank and credit card details.