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China threatens Germany with retaliation if Huawei 5G is banned

Bloomberg New York | Updated on December 15, 2019 Published on December 15, 2019

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President Donald Trump’s administration has sought to enlist US allies in squeezing out Huawei as a 5G supplier

China’s ambassador threatened Germany with retaliation if it excludes Huawei Technologies Co as a supplier of 5G wireless equipment, citing the millions of vehicles German carmakers that sell in China.

Resistance against Huawei is growing among lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, who have challenged her China policy with a bill that would impose a broad ban on untrustworthy 5G vendors.

“If Germany were to take a decision that leads to Huawei’s exclusion from the German market, there will be consequences. The Chinese government will not stand idly by,” Ambassador Wu Ken said Saturday at a Handelsblatt event.

President Donald Trump’s administration has sought to enlist United States (US) allies in squeezing out Huawei as a 5G supplier. A lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission this month marked Huawei’s latest attempt to fight US sanctions and curbs that threaten the world’s largest networking business.

While the German legislation does not explicitly name Huawei, its tailored to the Chinese company and comes after months of debate about 5G security. Huawei has repeatedly rejected allegations of its equipments potential for espionage and sabotage.

The ambassador said Huawei has no legal obligation to provide data to the Chinese government, then reminded the audience that German manufacturers account for a quarter of the 28 million cars sold in China last year.

‘Could we say one day that these German cars are no longer safe because were in a position to manufacture our own cars? No. That is pure protectionism,” he said

Published on December 15, 2019
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