China’s Huawei Technologies said on Thursday that it had received planning permission for a GBP 1 billion (about Rs 9,389 crore) research and development facility in England.
The new center will employ about 400 people and focus on the production of optical devices used in fiber-optic communications systems, Huawei said in a statement.
The development may offend United States officials and some British lawmakers who say Huawei’s equipment could be used by Beijing for espionage and to allow Britain a limited role in its 5G network in January The decision of should be reconsidered. The company denies the allegations.
British officials are in the process of reviewing how to mitigate any security risks posed by Huawei in light of the new US sanctions announced in May, aiming to cut supplies of the advanced microchip needed to build its equipment. A decision is expected to take place in the coming weeks.
Huawei’s vice-president Victor Zhang said the technology developed at the new center was different from the one targeted by US sanctions, and it was “wrong” to suggest its announcement to influence Britain’s decision.