China Disputes Report of Retaliation Against Nokia and Ericsson
What’s New: China’s Foreign Ministry disputed a media report Tuesday that the country is mulling retaliation against telecom equipment makers Nokia and Ericsson if the European Union imposes restrictions on China’s tech giant Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
China has always remained open to cooperation with global companies in its next-generation 5G wireless communications market, including Nokia and Ericsson, who have already won the bid in Chinese projects, a spokesman at the country’s foreign affairs ministry said Tuesday.
“China's position on 5G is consistent and clear,” said Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing. “We oppose the erroneous practice of stretching the national security concept and defying international trade rules to exclude certain companies of a particular country.”
Background: Wang made the comment in response to a question about a report of possible Chinese reprisals against the two European telecom giants.
The Wall Street Journal reported that China's Ministry of Commerce is looking into export controls that would prevent Nokia and Ericsson from sending products made in China to other countries if European nations ban Chinese suppliers from their 5G networks following the U.S. and the U.K. The American newspaper cited unnamed sources.
Wang called the report “fake.” “We also hope that European countries will provide a fair, just, open and nondiscriminatory business environment for Chinese companies,” he said.
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