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‘Banning Huawei discriminatory and protectionist,’ China tells France

The Chinese embassy in France has said that if the country wants to impose constraints on Huawei, it should do so based on the reality of facts, because treating Huawei differently would mean blatant discrimination and disguided protectionism. “This goes against the principles of a market economy and free trade,” it added. Even if France wants to exclude Huawei for security reasons, it should do so under a transparent criteria, China said. The embassy issued the statement following media reports that France was trying to restrict Huawei from developing its 5G network, and said that it was “deeply shocked and concerned”. This was first reported by Bloomberg. A veiled threat to European companies? The statement also had a veiled threat to Huawei’s European competitors — Finland’s Nokia and Sweden’s Ericsson: The country said that it has always treated Nokia and Ericsson fairly and has even allowed them to deploy 5G networks in China. “We do not want to see the development of European companies in the Chinese market affected because of the discrimination and protectionism of France and other European countries towards Huawei,” the statement read. Ready to sign 'no backdoor' pact: Huawei's 5G equipment is reliable and has never presented any technical or security risk, nor has it left any “back door,” China said. It added that Huawei is ready to sign "no backdoor" agreements with France and other partner countries — a promise it has also made to India. China’s statement comes weeks after France’s state-controlled telco Orange decided to exclude…

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