UK media has published an edited excerpt from an upcoming book written by investigative journalist Richard Kerbaj, which reveals how the US blocked Chinese telecom giant Huawei from developing 5G in the UK. According to his account, British officials wanted to move forward with Huawei on a tender in mid-2019 but were literally shouted down for hours by a delegation of US officials over the matter.
A British intelligence official who was at this meeting identified Matthew Pottinger, a US deputy national security adviser, as the one who shouted at his British counterparts and dismissed the UK’s analysis of Huawei’s safety. Pottinger’s main point allegedly was that the UK had no idea just how evil China was. The UK officials assured the US side that they understood the threats posed by China, but that they merely wanted to work with Huawei on 5G and nothing more. This was apparently too much for Washington to bear for reasons London couldn’t understand.