The Australian government and senior intelligence officials have urged Britain to ban Chinese technology giant Huawei from a role in building new ultra-fast mobile networks, arguing the western alliance of intelligence-sharing partners should have a consistent position.
Multiple well-placed sources confirmed Australian officials have taken action on several fronts to impress on their British counterparts the drawbacks of having risky telecommunications vendors providing equipment for 5G networks that will power critical future technologies.
The sources made it clear that the representations were made acknowledging that the decision was entirely Britain’s to make.
Meanwhile, El Trumpo is turning on the charm, sort of:
President Donald Trump has praised the “treasured friendship” between the UK and US as he joined a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.
The Queen said the countries were celebrating an alliance which had ensured the “safety and prosperity of both our peoples for decades”.
The president is in the UK for a three-day state visit, which includes the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Earlier in the day, Mr Trump criticised the Mayor of London.
But in his speech at the banquet, Mr Trump praised the courage of the British people during World War Two and called the Queen a “great, great woman”.
“In that dark hour, the people of this nation showed the world what it means to be British,” he said, adding that their bravery ensured that the destiny of the country “remained in your own hands”.
The issues are manifold, via CNBC:
“The important thing to understand is that the special relationship is not really about the president and the prime minister,” Jacob Parakilas, deputy head of the U.S. and Americas program at the think tank Chatham House in London, told CNBC via telephone.
“Having said that, there are a few issues that pose fairly substantial risks to its core elements.”
One of those issues, and the “most urgent” according to Parakilas, is a simmering dispute over Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.
…Trump is reportedly poised to tell the British government in person that Washington may limit intelligence sharing with the U.K. if it allows Huawei to build part of its new 5G network.
The other “big issue” for U.S and U.K. officials to discuss, according to Parakilas, would be what to do next when it comes to Iran.
Speaking shortly before Trump’s visit to Britain, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said the “threat was not over” from Iran and the country would be “held accountable.”
His comments came amid intensifying tensions between the Trump administration and Western allies, including Britain, over the Iran nuclear deal.
Let’s hope the UK sees sense here. Sundering the Five Eyes would be titanic victory in the Communist Party of China’s quest for the hegemonic domination of Asia.
A second Singapore betrayal for Australia.