China urges Sweden to reverse its Huawei and ZTE ban


Sweden needs to reverse its ban on Chinese telecommunications businesses Huawei Technologies and ZTE in a projected 5G spectrum auction to avoid a “negative impact” on its companies, said China’s foreign ministry.

“China expresses strong dissatisfaction with Sweden,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, talking in a regular news briefing in Beijing yesterday.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) on Tuesday banned the use of Merchandise out of Huawei Technologies and ZTE by companies taking part in the market scheduled for next month.

“Sweden should uphold an objective and fair attitude, and correct its wrong decision, to avoid bringing a negative impact to China-Sweden economic and trade cooperation and the operations of Swedish enterprises in China,” said Zhao.

PTS said it had followed advice from the nation’s armed forces and security service, that described China as “one of the biggest threats against Sweden”.

European authorities have been tightening controls on Chinese companies building 5G networks subsequent diplomatic pressure from Washington DC, which means Huawei Technologies gear could be employed by Beijing for hacking.

Huawei has repeatedly denied being a national security threat.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘China urges Sweden to reverse its Huawei and ZTE ban‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Gabriel Crossley. Writing by Liangping Gao. Editing by Jason Neely and Louise Heavens.

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