Britain says it has no evidence of spying by Huawei

Huawei is the leading manufacturer of equipment for the next generation of mobile phone networks but several Western nations have banned the Chinese company's products over security concerns

He further said no government of any country has given any solid evidence suggesting security concerns with Huawei's equipment.

"Because of our 15 years of dealings with the company and ten years of a formally agreed mitigation strategy which involves detailed provision of information, we have a wealth of understanding of the company", he said, noting that Huawei kit is not deployed in any sensitive networks.

Bloomberg has reported that the "nightmare scenario" for telephone companies would be if they have to remove Huawei equipment from their systems.

However, Ryan Ding, president of Huawei's carrier business group, stated that the company "has never and will never" use its equipment to assist espionage activities for the Chinese government.

Responding to the US' allegations that the company is a security risk to Western countries, Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei, told the BBC: "There's no way the USA can crush us".

Pompeo told Hungary's foreign minister that it would be hard for the USA to partner with countries where Huawei equipment was "co-located" with American technology.

The Chinese government has denied it would demand access to Huawei's technology for spying, and the company has said it would refuse such a request. "All say that we understand and it's a political issue globally".

Martin said: "Everything is on the table".

Martin he also warned that a market with a small number of suppliers - which would be one result of any ban on Huawei - could also put security at risk because a company with an "excessively dominant market position" would have no incentive to take cyber security seriously, and would also become the prime target of hackers. The fears stem partly from China's 2017 National Intelligence Law which states that Chinese organizations must "support, cooperate with, and collaborate in national intelligence work".

Ren Zhengfei told "CBS This Morning" that the allegations that he is coordinating with Chinese intelligence officials or unwittingly supplying them with eavesdropping tools are not based on facts.

Still, three of Canada's partners in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group - the United States, Australia and New Zealand - have forbidden the use of Huawei products in 5G network development, though the USA ban is limited to government agencies - at least for now.

It comes as the United States ups its pressure on Britain and other countries to shun Huawei's network equipment over espionage and security concerns.

"Other nations can make the argument that if the British are confident of mitigation against national security threats then they can reassure their public and the U.S. administration that they are acting in a prudent manner in continuing to allow their communications service providers to use Chinese components as long as they take the kinds of precautions recommended by the British", the person said.

But he insisted the NCSC is closely monitoring Huawei and said it would not give the all-clear unless there is sufficient evidence. "We're not compromising [on] improvements we're demanding [from] Huawei".

Mr Martin said Huawei had pledged to address the problems but acknowledged that doing so would take some years.

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