China's envoy to EU says excluding Huawei could hurt 5G development

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by Keiligh Baker

China's envoy to the European Union warned that excluding Chinese tech group Huawei could hamper new 5G mobile networks.

Efforts to limit involvement of Chinese technology in upcoming 5G projects in Europe might bring "serious consequences to the global economic and scientific co-operation," Ambassador Zhang Ming said in an interview with the Financial Times.

Some Western governments, led by the United States, have barred the use of the Chinese company's equipment in new networks over concerns the technology could be used for spying.

Huawei has denied the claims, saying network security has always been its priority.

Meanwhile, the US is reportedly investigating Huawei for stealing trade secrets while US lawmakers are calling for a ban on selling American-made chips and other components to the company.

Oxford University and the Prince’s Trust, Prince Charles’s charity, said this month they would no longer accept donations from Huawei.

A signed piece by Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to Britain, was published Saturday on The Telegraph with the title "Don't listen to the scaremongers - Huawei is not a security threat to Britain."

The Guardian reports that critics say Huawei’s rapid expansion is suspicious. Founded in 1987 and focused on selling telecom equipment in rural areas of China, it has grown into the world’s largest supplier of telecoms equipment and second largest smartphone maker.

It operates in more than 170 countries, employing about 180,000 people.


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