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MI6 head warns on Huawei UK 5G

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The head of MI6 has warned the UK over the role of Chinese firms in building the country's 5G infrastructure.

In a rare speech, the UK Secret Intelligence Service boss said the UK should think long and hard before working with Huawei, or any other Chinese company, following past concerns.

Alex Younger said Britain needs to think if it's comfortable "with Chinese ownership of these technologies".

Huawei is under increasing pressure from the West, which claims the company is either working, or being forced to work with the Chinese government to use its technology for spying. Some Western countries believe letting Huawei or ZTE build 5G infrastructure would undermine national security.

Australia has already banned Huawei from supplying 5G equipment, as well as India, while New Zealand says it will consider all options. Representatives of both Democrats and Republicans in the US have warned against working with Huawei, while German officials have done a similar thing.

The US has also urged Italy and Japan to reconsider employing Huawei. One of the reasons why Huawei is being targeted by the West is the fact that the company was founded by former military engineer Ren Zhengfei.

Huawei denies all accusations.

Younger also said British intelligence needs to innovate faster than its adversaries to cope with threats the country faces.

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