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China reportedly mulls retaliatory export controls on Ericsson and Nokia

If Europe starts getting funny ideas about following the UK’s example in banning Huawei from its 5G networks, then the Chinese state could reciprocate by persecuting European kit vendors.

This is according to the people familiar with the matter that the WSJ keeps up its sleeve. They reportedly reckon China is thinking of imposing export controls on Ericsson and Nokia gear manufactured in China if the EU decides to impose a 5G ban on Huawei.

While the European Commission would presumably deny such a claim, the EU seems to be following the UK’s lead on Huawei, having echoed its decision back in January. The reason for this could well be an acknowledgment of the unique level of scrutiny and insight the UK has into the potential security risks associated with having Huawei kit in its telecoms networks.

Since the recent UK change of heart was based entirely on revised advice from its security experts, it stands to reason that the rest of Europe faces the same dilemmas created by US sanctions against Huawei. The EC will certainly have to make a new statement one way or the other and, if it concludes the risk can still be mitigated as before, will have to explain what it knows that the UK experts don’t.

If this story represents the Chinese Communist Party’s position then it should think twice before acting so vengefully. Not only would this be a clear attempt at crude extortion, it would also provide a strong incentive for all Western companies to relocate their manufacturing. That process is already underway regardless, for a variety of reasons, but actions such as this would probably do more damage to China itself than the countries it seeks to coerce.

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26 comments

  1. Avatar Chinnapat 21/07/2020 @ 1:37 am

    think of Iraq still have chemical weapons, or else
    Usa are worth to trust? Britain are brainless just follow big brother.

    • Avatar ladakhchina 21/07/2020 @ 10:06 am

      yes! china perfect and never do the thing wrong. china govenment 100% human right!people say we kill the uighur muslim but we all know all the muslim is the terrorist. white pigs need shut up and listen to the beijing!

      • Avatar Evarizzo 21/07/2020 @ 3:26 pm

        Disgusting racist comment. Would not be allowed. If it were the “white pigs” you talk about if they were saying it. Disgraceful

    • Avatar MikeG 21/07/2020 @ 10:49 am

      The author just wanted to spread allegations to cause distrust between Europe and China. I see this as a big scheme the US is playing. The US has been playing everything to put China in the hot spot and make China an enemy of the whole west.

      • Avatar Djinn 21/07/2020 @ 6:49 pm

        China is the enemy of the WHOLE WORLD, not just the West!

    • Avatar Anthony James 21/07/2020 @ 10:53 am

      That’s your detailed incisive response lol?
      To have any effect the least you have to do is think for yourself, not trot out the old tired rhetoric of the loser. You’ve created this mess, man up and admit your error.

  2. Avatar Michael 21/07/2020 @ 7:33 am

    It’s clearly a polictical decision as Huwaei 5G kit doesn’t use American chips. UK operators are private and should have the final say on risk. The fact is UK has choosen to align with US with they should be honest in saying so. WSJ is not a reliable source – lol – they clearly are in the hands of CIA and pushing Ametican foriegn policy.

    • Avatar ladakhchina 21/07/2020 @ 10:24 am

      lol! yes you give the good joke! all the people need watch cctv china news and you see chinese nation race superior! all other country outside the china is garbage.

      • Avatar Anthony James 21/07/2020 @ 11:01 am

        Not a commonly held position outside China, ask yourself why

    • Avatar Anthony James 21/07/2020 @ 10:56 am

      It’s not so much aligning with the USA but with the western ideals that we helped create, and which in terms of common decency are leagues ahead of CCP policy and morality.

  3. Avatar funkfrofred 21/07/2020 @ 9:45 am

    What if Ecrisson and Nokia move the factories out of China like Japan. Why must the west use Huawei, isnt that “meddling in a Countries internal affairs”? You walk into a shop and forced, stiff armed to make a purchase or else.

    • Avatar Dr David Wong 21/07/2020 @ 10:16 am

      Exactly. Having Nokia and Ericsson make their parts in Mainland China is a liability in any case. If this goes ahead, I thank the CCP in advance for providing incentives for the West to diversify their manufacturing out of Mainland China. Surely capable countries such as India could fill the void.

      • Avatar ladakhchina 21/07/2020 @ 10:32 am

        no!only China can make the part. india is the garbage country. you need watch what you say!

        • Avatar Does it matter 21/07/2020 @ 10:45 am

          Your are absolutely right

        • Avatar Anthony James 21/07/2020 @ 10:59 am

          “Dream on” is the phrase that springs to mind. India, at least is a democracy, you know, demos kratos=people rule. They’re not drones to be commanded by an unelected minority that clearly have an agenda that doesn’t include honour, human rights or furthering humanity.

        • Avatar Brimski 21/07/2020 @ 12:56 pm

          Chinese Bot …. “turn my lights on”

        • Avatar Damian 21/07/2020 @ 1:19 pm

          REALY. Only China can make the parts. 😂😂😂😂😂👍👍👍

        • Avatar Mr Grahame Tearle 21/07/2020 @ 2:01 pm

          You are so deluded, maybe the state news is believed in China. The rest of the World have accountable news. Not China, even your own people do not believe the ridiculous nature of reporting. State run camps !, woman mutilated to prevent child birth. Stop stupid pig you know nothing !.

        • Avatar Western Jedi 21/07/2020 @ 2:54 pm

          Oh boy this is funny… its wonderful to see how blind people within ‘the mighty Galactic republic of China’… i fully expect to see Mao Palpatine to rise a wrinkled head soon from behind the scenes 🙂

  4. Avatar Abdu 21/07/2020 @ 2:46 pm

    China is the most peace country on earth, if europe and America talk about human rights they make stupid on their selves. American don’t cares about Muslims there are in Iraq libya killing innocent people China never did that, anyone can stop China rise they world is feed up with America.

    • Avatar Dr David Wong 21/07/2020 @ 5:19 pm

      Just a few weeks ago, the PLA launched a brutal attack on Indian soldiers killing them with nail studded clubs and taking away Indian territory. It also invaded Tibet in 1951 and invaded the Muslim land of East Turkestan (what China calls ‘Xinjiang.’) in Chinese ‘Xinjiang’ means new frontier. It is not a Chinese land and is currently commuting a genocide against the Uighur Muslims. The CCP is a force of pure evil in the world and Xi Jinping is President for life.

      • Avatar ladakhchina 21/07/2020 @ 5:38 pm

        india is the big garbage!that place you talk in india is all the china!you need respect the china more!all muslim is the terrorist and china need put them in all jail and teach them love the china govenment.chinese nation race superior and we can win all the war so you shut up.

  5. Avatar Jerome 21/07/2020 @ 4:43 pm

    I just watched pompal and british foreign minister press conference. The purpose of Pompal trip is obviously100 percent wanted to subotage china and Hwawei, not 99 percent. When FM mentioned about Russian cyber attack on uk and about uk and usa free trade aggrement, pompal did not even mentioned a word on Russian, also on FT aggrement, he only try say some beautiful words without even give it a outline or the first step. Uk FM is just like a kid echoing Pompal words. When reporter got warm up ready to start to give pompal harsh questions Pompal closed his book and left, sounds like Pompal is the host and the place is in Washington. I thought great Britain is a independent county but looks like a US watch dog. It was a show of big shame for UK, in my opinion.

    • Avatar ladakhchina 21/07/2020 @ 5:33 pm

      yes!china is so big victim and do nothing wrong.we have 100% very good respond to virus and 100% very good with human right.all world so ungrateful to the china!all country outside china is the garbage and need respect superior chinese nation race more!

      • Avatar Dave Cornelly 21/07/2020 @ 8:56 pm

        You created the virus by eating batts, dumbass. The whole world tha ks you for unleashing that mess…
        Russia isn’t a credable threat to the UK anymore.
        China are in Africa selling railways and roads (by selling I mean stealing those countries resources in return)
        What is going on in West China right now is as bad as the holocaust.
        Taiwan is not China, Hong Kong is a mess. What happened?

  6. Avatar Jerome 22/07/2020 @ 12:45 am

    Ladakhchina, do not speak in this kind of harsh language, it will attract more unified attack from West. The truth are Japan India and even Britain they are all US watch dog, stirred by bad guy pompal trump and Steve bannon. China did nothing but been demonize by these three guy. Even America people are brain washed by there 3 guy. Actually pompal and trump all are puppet of Steve bannon. This guy started everything 4 years ago. The yellow vest movement in France, Canada are all stirred up by this guy. The climate change was started by this guy too. If the world do not wake up, it will be destroyed by him. If biden did not win in November, the world must give up USA.

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