British entrepreneur: Huawei accusation "political", "scaremongering"

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Added On June 11, 2019

Renowned British entrepreneur Alan Michael Sugar says that the accusation against Chinese telecommunications company Huawei is purely "political" and "scaremongering", while having nothing to do with security.
 
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Lord Sugar, also a member of the House of Lords, the British Parliament's second chamber, made the remarks during a recent interview with CNC. 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ALAN MICHAEL SUGAR, British Entrepreneur
"If there's any one word to describe it, it's political. In my opinion, it has absolutely nothing at all to do with security. I think it is scaremongering."
 
Last month, the U.S. government announced restrictions on the sale and transfer of U.S. technologies to Huawei, and is pressuring its allies, including Britain, to remove Huawei equipment from their 5G plans, citing security concerns over intelligence sharing.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ALAN MICHAEL SUGAR, British Entrepreneur
"The idea is that a Chinese company can tap into military secrets. So it is absolutely nonsense. There are a lot of competitors in America, who want to fit their equipment into the exchanges. So you can understand what's going on, they're very protectionist over there."
 
As former chairman of YouView, a hybrid television platform in Britain, Sugar had multiple dealings with Huawei.
 
He described the Chinese company as "capable" and "fantastic".
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ALAN MICHAEL SUGAR, British Entrepreneur
"I know that Huawei are capable, because I've had a lot of dealings with them in the past five or six years ago, when we produced the set-top box equipment for YouView. I was a chairman of Youview. And we had problems making these boxes. And Huawei came in. And they did a fantastic job. And all the others failed by the way."
 
When it comes to the high-quality 5G services for British consumers, Sugar noted that the operators in Britain should not bow to the pressure from British or U.S. governments.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ALAN MICHAEL SUGAR, British Entrepreneur

 "I certainly don't think it would be to the operators' interest in this country to bow to the pressure, if there is any pressure from the British government. And I don't think the British government should bow to the pressure of the Americans. This is our networks in our country. And it's for our consumers to enjoy 5G."