Now China urges France not to discriminate against Huawei on 5G networks

A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration

A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration

According to French telecoms industry trade groups, the government's stand over Huawei's possible role in 5G projects still lacks clarity.

"We don't want development" in China Oyj Finnish Nokia and Swedish Ericsson AB "suffered because of discrimination and protectionism" against Huawei in France and other European countries, said the Embassy.

Boris Johnson's decision to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei a role in Britain's 5G network could threaten a post Brexit trade deal between the United Kingdom and America, US vice president Mike Pence has indicated. China has always given Nokia and Ericsson fair treatment in the deployment of 5G networks in China and has even allowed them to take part in the deployment of the core networks.

A letter signed by former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith and four former cabinet ministers says there is cross-party concern over the issue, and calls for more ministers to come forward.

Liu Xiaoming certainly had a different opinion, stating that the Senior Conservatives "were totally wrong", when he appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show yesterday.

The opposition towards Huawei was higher in Western provinces, with 62 per cent of Albertans and 63 per cent of British Columbians saying they would rather Huawei stay clear of the 5G rollout.

Senior military officials including Canada's top soldier have told the government they believe allowing the Chinese company a role in 5G would threaten national security, the newspaper reported Monday, citing an unnamed official familiar with the matter. That's how we feel about Huawei'. It remains to be seen whether France will decide to include Huawei or not as they implement their own plans for 5G.

Donald Trump berated Boris Johnson during a heated phone call, after the British prime minister rejected the USA president's request to ban Huawei Technologies Co. from its next-generation broadband networks.

Today, Mr Paterson tweeted: "I have written to @BorisJohnson with @MPIainDS @DavidDavisMP @IoWBobSeely @DamianGreen and @Tobias_Ellwood to outline our concerns over Huawei and to seek solution with zero Huawei content for the UK's long-term telecommunications infrastructure".

Neither Ericsson or Nokia has yet made any comment on the suggestion.

He told the program: "The Foreign Minister said on the mailbox that China is seen in these matters as an attacker who is constantly attacking our systems alongside Russian Federation".

It further urged France to draw up "transparent criteria and treat all companies in a similar way".

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