US Looks for ‘Technological Supremacy’ by Pressing European States to Sever Huawei Ties, Exec Says
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As Washington attempts to increase pressure on Europe to block Chinese firms from key 5G infrastructure projects on the continent, US firms have been restricted via sanctions from working alongside telecoms giant Huawei.
Huawei is having difficulty bypassing US-impose sanctions intended to block the Chinese tech giants from gaining access to semiconductors but is still able to work with 5G network clients in Europe, a senior executive said on Sunday.
While speaking to Austrian newspaper Kurier, Huwaei’s vice-president for Europe, Abraham Liu, said that the mobile telecommunications equipment and smartphone manufacturer was still on a search for “a solution” to help millions of customers after Google was banned from any support for Huawei’s phone models using the Android operating system.
He accused the United States of “blackmailing” chipmakers into dropping their Huawei connections. Washington has accused Huawei of using the equipment to spy on the citizens of recipient countries on behalf of China – a claim which both the telecoms company and Beijing have denied.
Liu also explained that Huawei is not “new to Europe” and that its prolonged time in the market has subjected the company to stringent checks and provider ratings.
He also cited the American “effort” to achieve technological supremacy and that Washington’s policy of trade war towards Huawei is due to the success of Chinese firms.
While pressure from the US to prevent any supplies of major telecoms equipment from Huawei builds, Orange ORAN.PA and Proximus PROX.BR opted for Nokia NOKIA.HE to aid in their construction of 5G infrastructure in Belgium.
“High-risk” vendors have been put under increasing review by EU members. Stronger measures mean that Huawei activity is subject to greater oversight examination and could see more European operators removing it from the networks, some analysts claim.
This follows an announcement earlier this year by Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the UK would remove Huawei technology from the 5G Network by 2027.