The Chinese ambassador to the UK has urged the British government not bow to pressure to exclude certain vendors from participating in the rollout of 5G.

Earlier this week it leaked that the government was preparing to formally ban Huawei from supplying British operators with equipment for the core part of their networks but would not impose any ban at a radio layer.

The development follows months of uncertainty about the future role of the company in the UK following allegations, made mainly by the US, that its equipment is a risk to national security.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the claims and there is little appetite for a ban from operators who fear such action would increase costs, reduce innovation, and ultimately delay the widespread availability of 5G in the UK.

Liu Xiaoming defended Huawei in a column in the The Sunday Telegraph, arguing the Shenzhen-based firm had a good track record with security.

He added that Britain should make its decisions “independently” and not be influenced byt external forces.

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