US and China: Ireland facing a tough battle to have it both ways

In the week that TikTok announced plans to invest $500m in its first European data centre here and the US administration intensified its campaign against Chinese giant Huawei, Ireland finds itself facing some diplomatically tricky decisions

9th August, 2020
US and China: Ireland facing a tough battle to have it both ways
The Trump administration has pressed its allies to ban Huawei from its networks

When the British government last month took the decision to ban Huawei from the country’s 5G network, the Chinese ambassador in London offered a succinct and rather cutting analysis of the move.

“It was clear that the UK had succumbed to the pressure from China hawks and bashers . . . Britain can only be Great Britain when it has an independent foreign policy,” Liu Xiaoming said.

The insinuation that Boris Johnson’s government was...

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