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Huawei controversy: the angst over Chinese firms is very much justified

When a party state has inimical values to our own, tread with a great deal of caution

By George Magnus  

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

The damaging leak of classified information from a National Security Council meeting is a matter of great significance. The UK’s telecommunications strategy and the involvement of Huawei is no longer private. There are important implications, not least those Peter Ricketts points out here. One danger is that in a weakened Brexit Britain, political infighting becomes embroiled in the proper conduct of national security matters. We should be careful not to lose our focus, though, on the substance underlying this controversy.

While it is still a matter…

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