Liu was responding to Mr Marr’s suggestion the UK may seek to ban specific individual Chinese people from British soil, and was also considering tearing up an extradition treaty between the two countries. He said: “That is totally wrong. We never believe in individual sanctions. “We believe that the UN is the authority to impose sanctions, and if the UK Government goes that far to impose sanctions on individuals in China, China will certainly make a resolute response to it.
“You have seen what happened with China and the United States.
“I do not want to see this tit-for-tat with China/UK relations.
“I think the UK needs its own foreign policy, rather than to dance to the tune of the Americans – like what happened to Huawei.”
With respect to the Huawei decision, which will see the company’s technology removed from the UK’s 5G networks by 2027, Liu said: “We are still evaluating the consequences.
“This is a very bad decision. When this decision was announced, I said this is a dark day for Huawei, it is a dark day for UK/China relations, and it is an even darker day for the United Kingdom, because you missed the opportunity to be a leading country.”
Liu suggested the UK would live to regret the decision, saying: “I do not know what will happen in the next 150 years.”
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“They have been here for 20 years – they have made a huge contribution not only to telecoms but they have implemented corporate responsibility, they helped the UK to develop.
“Prime Minister Boris Johnson has an ambitious plan to have full 5G coverage by 2025.
“I can Huawei can deliver that but now it seems to me the UK has just kicked them out.
“To use your media word, to ‘purge’ them, under pressure from the United States.
“And the US leaders claim credit because of this.”
The UK Government has asked Japan to help build its 5G wireless networks without Huawei Technologies, the Nikkei said today.
Britain named NEC Corp and Fujitsu Ltd as potential alternative suppliers to Huawei, the business daily reported, without citing sources.
British officials met with their counterparts in Tokyo on Thursday, two days after Britain ordered Huawei equipment to be removed, the Nikkei said.
British digital minister Oliver Dowden last week said Britain was working with its allies to foster stronger rivals to Huawei, naming firms from Finland, Sweden, South Korea and Japan.