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Huawei chairman says ready to sign 'no-spy' deal with UK

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Chinese is willing to sign a "no-spy" agreement with countries including Britain, the firm's said on Tuesday, as the of NATO said Britain must preserve

visited Britain as the government weighs the risks of allowing the Chinese company to help develop its infrastructure.

"We are willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves, to commit our equipment to meeting the no-spy, no back-door standards," Liang told reporters.

The is in the middle of a furious debate over whether to let roll out its next-generation mobile service.

The private Chinese firm currently has the most advanced and cheapest capacities in the world.

But the has warned its close ally that it might have to limit security and intelligence sharing with Britain if it allowed to play a significant role.

Washington's broader geopolitical concerns have been heightened by a law enacted by in 2017 obliging Chinese companies to aid the government on national security issues.

NATO Jens Stoltenberg, who was also visiting Britain, said network security remained of utmost importance to the Western military alliance.

"and network is extremely important," Stoltenberg told a business conference.

He conceded that Britain and all other NATO members had the right to make their own decisions about and 5G.

"Having said that, of course, what matters for NATO is that these decisions are made in a way that makes sure that they have secure networks," Stoltenberg said.

"There is no way we can escape addressing those issues," he added.

"We are going to make are safe." The Huawei debate has pushed Britain into the heart of China's heated battle for global dominance with the

It has also splintered May's cabinet between those who view as a vital trade partner in Britain's post-Brexit future and ministers who side with Washington's view of as a threat.

May fired -- one of the cabinet's big critics of China -- earlier this month over a leak alleging that her government will allow Huawei to play a limited 5G role.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 23:41 IST