(Reuters) — Twenty Republican and Democratic U.S. senators got here collectively on Tuesday to induce British lawmakers to rethink their authorities’s choice to permit China’s Huawei to be among the many suppliers for the nation’s 5G cellular phone community, the newest salvo in U.S. opposition to the plan.
“Given the significant security, privacy, and economic threats posed by Huawei, we strongly urge the United Kingdom to revisit its recent decision, take steps to mitigate the risks of Huawei, and work in close partnership with the U.S. on such efforts going forward,” the senators mentioned in an uncommon letter to members of the House of Commons.
The letter was signed by one fifth of the 100-member Senate, together with Chuck Schumer, the chamber’s Democratic chief, Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner, the panel’s Democratic vice chairman.
A bipartisan group of 42 members of the U.S. House of Representatives despatched an analogous letter in January.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s authorities’s choice in January to permit Huawei a restricted function in its 5G cellular phone community has put strain on the historically shut U.S. relationship.
The two international locations are making ready to barter a commerce deal that Britain hopes shall be one of many largest prizes from its departure from the European Union.
Washington has sought to persuade allies to bar the Chinese firm from their networks, warning that its tools might be utilized by China for spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied the espionage allegations.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)