The nine-acre Cambridge facility will become the international headquarters for Huawei’s fiber optic communication business and create about 400 jobs, Huawei said in a press release.
Johnson had announced a 35% limit on Huawei’s participation in Britain’s 5G network, but it is under pressure from some lawmakers within his own party and the Trump administration to completely ban Huawei, arguing that the Chinese government could use Huawei for their own efforts, including espionage. .
Under Chinese law, Chinese companies can be ordered to act under the direction of Beijing. Huawei has consistently denied that it would help the Chinese government to spy, saying it is “100% employee-owned.”
The new campus and hundreds of new jobs also occur when the UK economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and millions claim unemployment benefits. In a statement, Huawei Vice President Victor Zhang touted what the new campus would do to the UK economy, saying he wants “to help enshrine the UK’s leading position in optoelectronics and promote UK technology to global scale. ”
On Thursday, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair warned that the UK should make a pro-American call to Huawei.