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Ex-MI6 chief warns UK is too soft on China and Huawei 5G must be stopped or we face devastating cyber attack

Ex-MI6 chief warns UK is too soft on China and Huawei 5G must be stopped or we face devastating cyber attack

EX-MI6 chief Richard Dearlove said Britain had been too soft on China and must “reset” the relationship.

He called telecoms giant Huawei “an intimate part” of the Communist state.

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Ex-MI6 chief Richard Dearlove said Britain had been too soft on China and said telecoms giant Huawei should be stopped from developing the UK’s 5G[/caption]

And he said the company should be stopped from developing the UK’s 5G network.

He warned Britain could suffer a devastating cyber-attack as tensions flare between the nations.

His alert came amid reports ministers think China could unleash a “cyber 9/11” on the UK.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a U-turn on Huawei after the US imposed sanctions aimed at the company.

Sir Richard said he felt Britain had taken “a rather lax attitude”.

He continued: “Embracing China as enthusiastically as we did, I think, was based on the expectation that China would evolve as an easier international partner, which under Xi Jinping it has not done.”

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He added that the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong is revealing China’s “true nature”.

Sir Richard told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “We are looking really at a reset of the whole of our relationship with the Chinese leadership.”

He said: “Huawei is not a sort of ordinary international telecommunications company, it’s an intimate part of the Chinese state. There is a close linkage undoubtedly between Chinese military capability and Huawei.”

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