The British defense committee reported on Oct. 8 that there's "clear evidence of collusion between Huawei and the Chinese state" and urged the government to urgently remove Huawei’s equipment from the country’s telecommunications infrastructure by 2025.
'D10 Alliance'The defense committee report also states that the 5G rollout will increase mobile connectivity dependence, leaving the country more vulnerable to “espionage, sabotage, or system failure” but as yet with “no global rules regulating international cyber-attacks.”
The report urges the government to partner with allies on a system to hold “perpetrators” accountable.
Democracies should also form a “D10” alliance of top world democracies as a counter to China and other nondemocratic countries with malign intent, it stated.
“The Committee support the proposal to form a D10 alliance, consisting of ten of the world’s largest democracies, in order to provide alternatives to Chinese technology and to combat the technological dominance of authoritarian states.”
Telecom Security BillIt stated that the proposed Telecom Security Bill should be introduced into law before the end of the year and called on the government to explain why it isn't already deploying a “cyberattack capability to deter aggressors.”
Commenting in the Telegraph on Oct. 8, Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the committee, said the UK’s “growing dependence on an online world has created a virtual theatre of war where we have become increasingly vulnerable.”
“Online espionage and sabotage are the new battlegrounds we must prepare for and defend against,” he said.
'Modern Maginot Line'Ellwood’s comments are reflected in Defense Secretary Ben Wallace’s observations on the need for the military to modernize in response to the threat of cyber warfare.
“It’s not just about sitting in a static bunch of armored brigades waiting almost like you are a modern Maginot line waiting for somehow this great force to come out of the trees when in fact they've gone round you,” he said.
“There’s a modernization program going on at the moment that ... recognizes that's how we need to change,” he added.
Huawei has repeatedly denied collusion with the Chinese state and didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.