BUSINESS Excluding Huawei from German 5G network signals protectionism, which is wrong: Ambassador


Excluding Huawei from German 5G network signals protectionism, which is wrong: Ambassador


09:29, November 21, 2019

Excluding Huawei from setting up a 5G network in Germany would be blatant discrimination against Chinese companies, Chinese Ambassador to Germany Wu Ken said on Wednesday. This would signal protectionism, which is wrong, he added.


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Such a move would also undermine Germany's own interests, Wu said in an address at the opening of China Day during the 22nd Euro Finance Week.

Wu said that the nearly two decades of cooperation between Huawei and its German partners had been constructive, and included work on 2G, 3G to 4G networks.

During a recent visit to Huawei's European headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany, Wu said he learned that Huawei has created around 30,000 jobs directly and indirectly in Germany and made an important contribution to the development of the local and digital economies in the country.

"If Huawei really were a threat to Germany's network security, why hasn't there been a single negative case so far? Why is there so much hype only when it comes to 5G construction?" Wu challenged.

Wu said that the Chinese side hopes Germany will make an independent and objective decision on the issue of Huawei and 5G.

Huawei has signed more than 60 commercial contracts for 5G with global carriers and shipped more than 400,000 5G base stations to global markets, the company said in October. It's sales revenue rose by 24.4 percent year on year to 610.8 billion yuan (about 86 billion U.S. dollars) in the first three quarters of 2019.

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