China to UK: Drop Huawei and you will "bear the consequences"
The United Kingdom’s recent decision to remove Huawei-made equipment from its growing 5G networks may have placated the United States, but it has drawn heavy fire from Huawei’s homeland. The Chinese ambassador to the U.K. made a brash statement answering the decision: getting rid of Huawei will ignite the anger of China.
Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, responded to the U.K.’s decision to drop Huawei from its 5G networks, saying:
So we want to be your friend, we want to be your partner, but if you want to make China a hostile country you have to bear the consequences…. But when you get rid of Huawei it sends out a very wrong message. It punishes the British image as a free business, free trade country. It means you succumb to foreign pressure and you cannot make your own independent foreign policy. I always say Britain can only be great when it can have its independent foreign policy.
Liu’s words paint a grim picture for Boris Johnson and the British government. Huawei is currently the target of several trade sanctions from the United States, and the U.K. seems to be caught in the crossfire of the trade war between Washington and Beijing.
If the UK chooses to pay a high price for poorer quality, or less quality, it is up to you. We have to work for the best and prepare for the best. Huawei will survive and prosper. The more pressure from the so-called superpower and from its allies, Huawei will grow stronger.
The U.K’'s Huawei ban isn’t the only poker stoking the Dragon’s flames. Britain is also considering a law that would allow up to 3 million Hong Kongers to become citizens of the United Kingdom, a move that China says oversteps and interferes with Chinese matters.
Chinese businesses are watching Britain closely, ready to react to whatever decision London makes regarding Huawei. Considering the U.S. has heavily pressured its allies to disband any dealings with the company, the U.K. seems to be caught between a rock and a hard place.