What Happened: The British National Security Council has reportedly agreed to ban products by Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from core parts of the United Kingdom's national 5G network but will permit the firm to provide parts for "non-core" sections of the system, Politico reported April 24. The council made the announcement just a day before British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond visited Beijing.
Why It Matters: If confirmed, the solution would constitute a compromise for the British government, which is internally divided over how to deal with the Chinese company. The United Kingdom remains under pressure from the United States to ban Huawei, although London wishes to retain positive relations Beijing, particularly after its withdrawal from the European Union.
Background: The United States has launched a global pressure campaign to convince its allies to ban Huawei from their 5G networks, arguing that the company poses a national security risk.