Britain said on Friday that it was pushing the United States to create a club of 10 nations that could develop its own 5G technology and reduce dependence on China's controversial technology giant Huawei.
The topic is expected to be unveiled at a G7 summit that US President Donald Trump will host next month against the backdrop of a violent confrontation with China, which has been exacerbated by a global guilt game about the spread of the novel corona virus.
The UK has enabled the Chinese world leader in 5G technology to build up to 35 percent of the infrastructure required to expand its new high-speed data network.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson was reported last week by The Telegraph newspaper that he had instructed officials to work out plans to remove Huawei from the network by 2023 because of a sour relationship with China.
The Times newspaper said Britain is proposing a "D10" club of democratic partners that will unite the G7 countries with Australia and Asian technology leaders South Korea and India.
One of the options is to direct investments in existing telecommunications companies in the 10 Member States.
A Downing Street spokesman confirmed that the UK is contacting partners looking for an alternative to Huawei.
"We're looking for new entrants to diversify, and we've talked to our allies, including the US, about this," said Downing Street spokesman.
Finnish Nokia and Swedish Ericsson are Europe's only current alternative option for the delivery of 5G devices such as antennas and relay masts.
"We need new entrants," a UK government source told The Times.
"That was the reason why we had to join Huawei at the time."
Johnson's decision to include Huawei angered Washington because it believes that the private Chinese company can either spy on western communications or simply shut down the British network on Beijing's orders.
The United States has imposed several rounds of sanctions on Huawei that put the future of the UK 5G rollout at risk.
According to Downing Street, the UK's National Cyber Security Center examined the impact of US sanctions on Huawei's immediate ability to manufacture the devices Britain needed.
The pressure on Johnson to cut relations with Huawei is exacerbated by the new security law that Beijing plans to impose on Hong Kong, which was once held in the UK.
London infuriated Beijing on Thursday by saying it would grant 350,000 Hong Kong nationals who have a British overseas passport the right to move to Britain when the new law comes into force.
Johnson's reported plan to remove Huawei entirely from the UK network could prove costly if its government looks for new trading partners after Britain's exit from the EU.
Johnson asked his U.S. critics in January to find an alternative to Huawei if they didn't want Britain to use the Chinese company.
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