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Pompeo plays down rift with Britain over Huawei, but steadfast on Chinese threat – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visit Epic Games Lab in London, Britain, January 30, 2020. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday sought to defuse tension over Britain’s decision to allow China’s Huawei a role in its communication network, but described the Chinese Communist Party as the biggest threat of the current era.

Britain on Tuesday defied the United States by granting Chinese technology firm Huawei a limited role in Britain’s 5G network. The United States, including Pompeo and President Donald Trump, had been lobbying Britain to exclude the firm on security grounds.

Some had predicted a backlash from Trump’s administration during Pompeo’s two-day visit to Britain. But while the U.S. Secretary of State showed no softening in his opposition to Huawei, he was keen to downplay the broader impact.

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