American anger over plans for Huawei centre near Cambridge
The Trump administration has strongly criticised plans for Huawei to build a £400 million research facility in Cambridgeshire, warning that the UK is on a “slippery slope.
A senior US official issued a robust warning before a planning decision is due this Thursday on the first phase. The planning officer at South Cambridgeshire district council has recommended that the application by the Chinese telecoms giant be approved.
Keith Krach, US under-secretary of state for economic growth source, accused Huawei of being “an extension of the Chinese government and urged the UK “to put the whole thing in perspective — aggressive tactics of the Chinese Communist party, because it all starts from there.
He told The Times: “They are after the people and technology. They want to co-opt the researchers, and talent from one of the most prestigious universities. They want to get their hands on the technology and IP [intellectual property] to take back to China.