Global Affairs

Britain's merit-based approach to Huawei carries risks

Sacking of British defence minister highlights dilemma over how to handle Huawei and its technology

LONDON • British Prime Minister Theresa May's abrupt decision to sack her defence minister is, at first glance, of relevance only to those interested in the finer points of Britain's domestic politics.

Mr Gavin Williamson, the offending minister, stands accused of leaking details of sensitive discussions in the National Security Council, London's top decision-making body, where utmost secrecy is both expected and enforced.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 06, 2019, with the headline 'Britain's merit-based approach to Huawei carries risks'. Print Edition | Subscribe