China’s ambassador to the UK has warned that excluding Huawei from Britain’s 5G network “sends a very bad signal”.
Speaking to BBC’s Newsnight, Liu Xiaoming said Chinese businesses planning to invest in Britain may be put off dealing with the UK if Huawei’s equipment is not used for the network.
It comes after Britain’s mobile operators urged the government for clarity on the issue.
The US is already boycotting the company, due to concerns over security.
It put the company on an Entity List, which is a list of foreign parties that the US Department of Commerce has judged to pose a potential national security or foreign policy threat.
Mr Xiaoming defended Huawei when speaking to Newsnight’s Mark Urban, calling it a “good company”.
He said it