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BT & others fought back against the China boycott

Two weeks ago, BT was fighting back against the Huawei boycott. The Security Forces have since prevailed. The cost to Britain will be in the US$billions. Here, from Fast

The U.S. security agencies are currently pressing England and Germany to cut off Huawei, which everyone in the industry believes would be a very expensive move.  BT is smart enough not to take on MI5 and GCHQ directly, but would have to spend many billions more if it lost Huawei and ZTE as suppliers. Update 11/28 New Zealand, one of the Five Eyes working together since World War II, has now cut Huawei out of the 5G plans.

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Trump tweet could kill extradition

The Canadian Justice Minister can refuse extradition if the claim has a political motive. This sounds like it does:

“If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made — which is a very important thing — what’s good for national security — I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.”

An experiment in reporting

I’ve lived through what Americans call the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Iraq War. The Huawei War is only about commerce, but like all wars will extract a high price from both sides. I’m finding so much news I created this site.

I’ve reported about Huawei since 2004, when they were still unknown in the West. Paul Reynolds of British Telecom told me they were doing exceptional things. They now are twice the size of any other telecom vendor.

They are extremely competitive, remarkably hardworking, and very, very good at what they do. “No one is perfect,” the butler said, and neither are any companies this size. On balance, they have been at least as honourable as peers in the West.  

I have a major conflict of interest. Huawei has paid my expenses to events and contracted with the research company I do some work with. I will do my best to do accurate reporting.