BORIS Johnson warned China its brutal crackdown in Hong Kong risks the Huawei deal.
The PM said he cannot accept letting “potentially hostile state vendors” into our 5G network.
His strongest attack yet on developments in HK hinted they could get tech giant Huawei banned from Britain.
It came after Beijing spoke of retribution over his offer of sanctuary to three million British nationals in the former colony.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian issued a veiled threat that the UK will have to “bear any consequences caused” by that decision.
He said: “Hong Kong matters are China’s domestic affairs and no countries have any right to intervene.”
I don’t want to see our critical national infrastructure at risk of being in any way controlled by potentially hostile state vendors.
Beijing’s embassy in London accused No 10 of breaking the Sino-British joint declaration of 1984 and international law.
It added: “We reserve the right to take measures. All compatriots residing in Hong Kong are Chinese nationals.”
But Downing Street called China’s imposition of a new security law in HK a “plainly unacceptable breach” of its commitments.
The PM said the UK would have to “think very carefully about how to proceed now” on the Huawei issue.
He said: “I don’t want to see our critical national infrastructure at risk of being in any way controlled by potentially hostile state vendors.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab admitted Britain will be unable stop Beijing from blocking those trying to flee.
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