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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Some British politicians clamour for a new cold war with China - Chinese Ambassador to UK

Some British politicians clamour for a new cold war with China - Chinese Ambassador to UK
Mr. Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to United Kingdom

Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr. Liu Xiaoming, has said Thursday that he regrets their relationship with the UK has run into a series of difficulties and added that the UK should take full responsibility for those difficulties.

"The UK has meddled in Hong Kong affairs and has undermined stability in Hong Kong," Xiaoming added. "London has poisoned the relationship. Some British politicians clamour for a new cold war with China."

 

The Chinese diplomat said via his official Twitter handle:

"I hope visionary people in UK will see the big picture of Chinese-British cooperation, bear in mind the well-being of the peoples of two countries, listen to reasonable voices and make a wise choice on Huawei so as to embrace opportunities, embrace growth and embrace the future.

History does not wait for the hesitant. In the face of the overwhelming trend of 5G development, countries must respect each other, remain open and choose cooperation to build a bright future together.

Huawei is a leader in 5G. Britain could either choose to cooperate with Huawei and gain an edge in the era of the digital economy, or refuse such cooperation and give up leadership in a 5G-dominated future.

Going forward, 5G will drive the "smart" trend in transport, agriculture, medical care, education and urban management, and bring a complete transformation to industrial production and daily life.

t has also facilitated the contactless economy during the pandemic, which is a vivid illustration of the important value and promise of 5G as network infrastructure. By the end of this year, there will be more than 600,000 5G base stations and 200 million 5G users in China.

China has stepped into the era of 5G. In the fight against Covid-19, 5G has played an important role in China in remote diagnosis and treatment, quick and high-quality patient services, and better safeguards for medical workers.

It will fast-forward the digitalisation of traditional industries and create new and robust impetus for future global growth. It is estimated that, by 2035, 5G will drive up global economic output by US$13.2 trillion and create 22.3 million jobs.

As a symbol of new round of scientific&technological revolution, 5G–combined with cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain – will unleash enormous progress in the Internet of Things, human-computer interaction and transformation led by smart technology.

However, UK is choosing to turn down this offer despite the urgent need to accelerate innovation&jump-start economic recovery to build a future for generations to come. Now, that future is not coming any nearer. 5G technology has a bearing on every aspect of future of mankind.

Moreover, there is risk of missing a share of development bonus of China, the world's most vigorous&fastest-growing market&a major powerhouse for world economic growth for 14 years in a row. China welcomes all countries, including UK, aboard the fast train of its development.

British telecommunications operators estimate that removing Huawei equipment from their networks would cost billions of pounds and result in a delay of at least two to three years and an extra cost of £6.8 billion in Britain's 5G roll-out.

This decision, in addition to hampering growth, also comes with a bill which will inevitably be paid by consumers.

In 2018, the company announced a further investment plan of £3 billion in the next five years, which is a positive vote for growth in Britain. Unfortunately, this will now be subject to uncertainties in light of the British government's recent decision.

In 2018, the company announced a further investment plan of £3 billion in the next five years, which is a positive vote for growth in Britain. Unfortunately, this will now be subject to uncertainties in light of the British government's recent decision.

In 20+ years since coming to UK, Huawei has brought in more than £3 billion in procurement&investment, created 26,000 jobs&established five research centres, making enormous contributions to development of telecommunications industry, economic growth&social progress in UK.

There is no doubt 5G will create new impetus for global growth. This is particularly true given economic impact of Covid-19 on the world, including UK, that has resulted in the most severe recession in decades. Post-pandemic economic recovery is a daunting task for all countries.

UK has been presented with an opportunity to match up its strengths in talent, technology and creative ideas with Huawei's strong manufacturing capabilities and outstanding research team to take the lead in the era of 5G. However, this invaluable opportunity has been rejected.

On 29 July, South China Morning Post @SCMPNews, carried my article entitled By banning #Huawei, Britain is turning its back on a 5G-dominated future. The full text is as follows: http://chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/dshdjjh/t1


Huawei is a microcosm of growing Chinese investment in Britain, which in the past 10 years alone has increased by 20 times and enabled Chinese and British companies to work closely together to achieve innovation and common development.

As Britain strives to achieve full 5G and fibre coverage by 2025, Huawei would have been a great help".

Following these statements, the UK's FTSE 100 Index edged lower and was last seen losing 1.62% on the day at 6,032.

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