China Could Have Ordered Huawei To Shut Down Australia’s 5G

China Could Have Ordered Huawei To Shut Down Australia’s 5G

A senior Australian spy said the main risk was not Chinese spying but that Beijing could order Huawei to disconnect the Australian 5G network altogether.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • The federal government’s cyber spies advised Australia would have had to put 300 separate security measures on Huawei’s equipment to make it safe for the nation’s 5G system. But, they ultimately told the Turnbull government the risk could not be contained satisfactorily.
  • Australia was the first country to ban Huawei from its 5G system in 2018, a decision many more have followed.
  • Huawei has always insisted that if so ordered by China’s authorities, it would never comply.
  • The prime minister, who made the 2018 decision, Malcolm Turnbull, did not believe the company: “One thing you know – if the Chinese Communist Party called on Huawei to act against Australia’s interests, it would have to do it,” he said in an interview. “Huawei says, ‘Oh no, we would refuse.’ That’s laughable. They would have no option but to comply.”

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