Security issues should be based on facts: MOFA

"Security issues should be based on the facts," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying at a regular news briefing in Beijing Thursday.

"People may have a fresh memory of Prism program. The country which monitors its allies with cyber attack is not China," Hua commented, saying "network and information security is a common concern for all countries, and all parties can solve problems via friendly consultation on an equal footing without prejudice."

"We hope that all parties respect market principles of free and fair competition, create a fair, just and non-discriminatory environment for normal business cooperation and promote the healthy development of related industries," she added.

Robert Hannigan, former director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) of UK, wrote in the FT Tuesday: "The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has never found evidence of malicious Chinese state cyber activity through Huawei".

He called for acceptance ''that China will be a global tech power in the future and start managing the risk now, rather than pretending the West can sit out China's technological rise".

GCHQ has always been evaluating Huawei's presence in UK telecom networks for many years, offering a detailed insight into the company's hardware, code, processes and policies.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the world's third-largest buyer of semiconductors in 2018, launched the world's first core chip specifically designed for 5G base stations on January 24.