US officials have argued that 5G networks are much more complex than existing systems and that the many lines of code that are constantly up-to-date make systems almost impossible to fully protect.
Peter Chase, senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund specializing in transatlantic politics, said that a determination by the British authorities that Huawei could be managed as a manageable risk would undermine the argument that the company would pose a problem. existential risk.
"They made a pretty harsh assessment that the US exaggerated the scale of the problem," said Chase, a former US diplomat in London. "I do not think they did that to please the Chinese."
In his speech in Brussels, Martin said cybersecurity risks were not limited to one company.
"The supply chain and the origin of suppliers is a problem, but it is not the only one," he said. Last year, he added, his organization "publicly attributed to Russia some attacks on the British networks, including telecommunication networks".
"As far as we know, these networks did not contain any Russian kits, anywhere," he said.
The controversy over the risks presented by the company has complicated Britain's efforts not to get lost in the trade war between the United States and China. As it prepares to exit the European Union, Britain is seeking new trade deals with Washington and Beijing.
China is a small but growing trading partner with Britain. Companies exported a record $ 22.3 billion worth of goods worth about $ 28.8 billion to China in 2017, making it the sixth largest trading partner of the Great Lakes. -Britain. The United States is the largest country, with exports worth 112.2 billion pounds in 2017, according to a report by Parliament this month.