Thu 08 June 2023:
As part of its most recent efforts to address national security concerns over China, Britain has pledged to removing surveillance equipment built in China from sensitive government locations, Reuters reported.
China has been described by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as the biggest threat to global security and prosperity, and this year the government ordered its departments to stop placing Chinese-linked surveillance cameras at strategic locations.
The government stated the following in a statement outlining a planned tightening of procurement rules:
“We will also commit to publish a timeline for the removal of surveillance equipment produced by companies subject to China’s National Intelligence Law from sensitive central government sites.
“By committing to this timeline, we are providing reassurance and urgency around the removal plans.”
Beijing has said it “firmly opposes” overstretching the concept of national security to suppress Chinese enterprises.
“The Chinese government has always encouraged Chinese companies to conduct international investment and cooperation in accordance with market principles, international rules and local laws,” a spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Britain said in a statement.
“We urge the UK side to stop political manipulation and provide a fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for the normal operation of Chinese companies in the UK.”
Britain barred TikTok on government phones in March this year, while in 2020 it said it would ban Huawei from its 5G network. Some U.S. states have banned vendors and products from several Chinese technology companies.
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