China blasts 'unfair and immoral' measures against Huawei

Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged nations not to use "fabricated" excuses to block the Chinese telecoms giant.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged nations not to use "fabricated" excuses to block the Chinese telecoms giant.

BEIJING • China's Foreign Minister urged countries not to use "fabricated" excuses to block Huawei Technologies, as Vodafone Group joined a list of companies that are shunning the telecommunications equipment supplier.

"Using national power to tarnish and take measures against a certain company, without any evidence, is both unfair and immoral," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters late on Friday as he wrapped up a trip to France and Italy.

While Mr Wang said every nation was entitled to protect its information security, that approach should not be abused, according to a statement on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website.

He did not mention Huawei by name, or Vodafone's announcement on Friday, but was responding to a question about the recent global crackdown on the Chinese supplier.

The move by Vodafone follows a decision by BT Group to rip Huawei gear out of the backbone of its British mobile network.

Deutsche Telekom, Europe's largest carrier and a major Huawei customer, is also reviewing its purchasing strategy.

US President Donald Trump's administration has been pushing allies to block Huawei from fifth-generation wireless networks, citing fears that China could use its equipment for spying - something the firm's executives have denied.

 

China's largest telecoms equipment supplier faces bans in the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'China blasts 'unfair and immoral' measures against Huawei'. Print Edition | Subscribe