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China envoy to EU advises against barring Huawei equipment

China envoy to EU advises against barring Huawei equipment

China’s ambassador to European Union [EU], Zhang Ming said that barring Huawei equipment will impede the development of 5G networks. His advice is in the wake of UK defense secretary urging caution in employing Huawei equipment in UK’s 5G programme.

In an interview with Financial Times Ming indicated that shunning Huawei technology from 5G projects might cause “serious consequences to the global economic and scientific co-operation.”

Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of Huawei, in a recent interaction with media, said that he was not worried about sales because the company only offered top-notch products. He added that the countries would be “stupid” not to buy their product.

Several UK government executives have warned against using Huawei equipment in the future 5G networks of the country. The UK government seems to be worried about the security threat allegations the Chinese tech giant has been facing. Countries including U.S. and Australia have banned Huawei equipment from their networks. The U.S. has also recommended allies to ban the tech giant’s products.

U.S. arrested Huawei CFO, Meng Wanzhou on the charges of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran. The arrest happened in Canada at the request of U.S. The extradition of Meng is yet to be processed. The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has sacked Canada’s envoy to China according to recent reports. Trudeau fired the envoy after the latter requested the U.S. to drop the extradition request.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou who is also the daughter of the CEO of the company has affected the relations between China and Canada. Shortly after Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadians from China in an attempt to pressurize the government to release Meng. A Chinese court retried a Canadian, who was imprisoned in a drug smuggling case and sentenced him to death.

China is increasingly facing troubles with regard to cross border relations. Sino-Canada relations which were on a path of improvement has deteriorated again.

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