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FILE – In this March 26, 2019, file photo, Huawei CEO Richard Yu stands during the presentation of the new Huawei P30 smartphone, in Paris. Chinese tech giant Huawei said Monday, April 22, 2019, its revenue rose 39 percent over a year earlier in the latest quarter despite U.S. pressure on allies to shun its telecom and network technology as a security risk. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

LONDON (AP) — Reports that Chinese telecoms company Huawei will be allowed to provide parts of Britain’s future superfast internet networks have drawn criticism, with one lawmaker saying the decision increases the risk of Chinese cyberespionage.

British media are reporting that the government will let Huawei work on “non-core” parts of the so-called 5G network, which will handle massive amounts of consumer data.

The head of Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Tom Tugendhat, told the BBC Wednesday that it is very difficult to separate core and non-core components.

He says Chinese laws force Huawei “to cooperate with the security apparatus” and it is unwise to cooperate on a telecoms issue with a state “that can best be described as not always friendly.”

Digital Minister Margot James said no final decision had been made.

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