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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Latest Remarks on Huawei-related Issues

Q: A spokesman for British Prime Minister said on July 15 the reason for the UK's change of position regarding Huawei's participation in the country's 5G network rollout was the impact of the US sanctions which were announced in May. Within the UK, there are also different voices, like the BT's Chief Executive Philip Jansen said the decision clearly had logistical and cost implications for BT. A Vodafone spokesman also said that they're disappointed at this decision which will add delay to the rollout of 5G in the UK and will result in additional costs for the industry. Do you have any comment?

A: We noted relevant reports. All this shows that the UK has lost its independence and self-decision, the most cherished thing for a country. The benefits it may gain from this decision cannot make up for its loss.

Like I said yesterday, in the past two decades or so, the UK and Huawei had very good cooperation, which serves the interests of the UK. Huawei brought tens of thousands of jobs to the country and made positive contributions to the infrastructure building of the British telecom sector. So, the UK's decision to ban Huawei just compromises its own interests. The British government should heed the rational call at home and make choices that best serve the long-term, fundamental interests of the country.

Q: According to reports from the Nikkei Business Daily, the UK government has asked Japan to help build its 5G networks without using Huawei technologies. Do you have any comment on this?

A: We stand against behaviors that reject certain businesses from particular country and even oppress foreign companies and block win-win cooperation under the pretext of national security without producing any solid factual evidence and in violation of market rules. Such practices will only erode one's own interests and credibility and stand in the way of development and progress for mankind.

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