China may impose restrictions on the two largest European manufacturers of telecommunications equipment Nokia and Ericsson if the European Union prohibits Huawei’s access to 5G networks in the EU, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing informed sources.
Thus, the Ministry of Trade of the People’s Republic of China provides for the creation of an export control mechanism that will not allow Nokia and Ericsson to sell products made in China to third countries. This measure may be introduced in the event of a complete blockade of Chinese suppliers for the 5G network by Brussels.
Earlier, the UK decided to limit the participation of the Chinese company Huawei in 5G networks. The day before this decision, the government of the Kingdom banned British telecommunications companies from buying Huawei 5G equipment from 2021. By 2027, the holding’s equipment should be completely withdrawn from circulation in 5G networks.
A month ago, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the Chinese Communist Party, with the help of Huawei, threatened the UK using scare tactics. According to him, Beijing threatened to punish the British Bank HSBC and violate obligations to build nuclear power plants in the UK if London does not allow Huawei to build its 5G network.
The diplomat noted that Huawei, based in Shenzhen, is “an extension of the Chinese Communist party’s surveillance system” and stressed the US’s readiness to help the UK with any needs, from building safe and reliable nuclear power plants to developing reliable 5G solutions that protect the privacy of their citizens.
Before this, the Financial Times newspaper reported that the European Union intends to restrict access to the Chinese company Huawei to create a fifth-generation 5g mobile network on the territory of the Union due to concerns about the threat to national security and has already drawn up a corresponding plan approved by the European Commission.