China imposes export controls as ECTA denounces Huawei ban

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The inevitable Chinese retaliation against US sanctions is taking form. Meanwhile a European telecoms lobby group has objected to politically motivated bans.

The Chinese Communist Party indicated it was preparing reciprocal action, to counter America’s mounting sanctions against Huawei, when it announced the creation of its own ‘unreliable entity list’ a month ago. Now the Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, reports China’s top legislature has already passed a law on export control. Isn’t it amazing how much less time it takes to make new laws when there’s nobody to oppose them?

“China may take countermeasures against any country or region that abuses export-control measures and poses a threat to China’s national security and interests, according to the law,” reports Xinhua. “Export control is a common international practice in which a country prohibits or restricts the export of specific items, such as nuclear materials, in order to fulfil its international obligations, such as non-proliferation, while safeguarding its own national security and development interests.”

If it’s such a standard, common practice, how come China is only just getting around to it? This is just the standard rhetorical veneer such things are coated in, to make them look more innocuous than they are. At this stage you have to wonder why China is bothering with such games, but maybe it’s just force of habit. Regardless, this law is clearly designed to give the Chinese state the power to impose sanctions on companies it deems to pose a threat to its interests – i.e. US ones.

By using such vague, subjective criteria to act against Huawei, the US has legitimised such behaviour for the rest of the world. The extent to which China uses this new law will probably depend on the outcome of the imminent US election. As we’re seeing with the abortive Brexit negotiations, trade is a popular political pawn these days and China is signalling its willingness to escalate in that direction.

Also prominent on the Xinhua English-language site is a story headlined ‘Europe telecoms group denounces bans on Chinese equipment vendors’. It refers to a recent press release published by ECTA (the European Competitive Telecommunications Association), which made the following statement.

“ECTA denounces any bans of Chinese 5G suppliers for geopolitical reasons and emphasises that such decisions can only be justified on the basis of well-established facts. The 5G Toolbox provides a suitable EU framework for responding to security issues affecting the networks of the future while respecting European and national sovereignty.”

The release then goes on about how harmful to competition removing two of the five ‘worldwide suppliers’ is, which is undeniable. It should be noted, however, that only one of those five suppliers is a full ECTA member and that is Huawei.

The 5G Toolbox was unveiled a month ago, so it’s not obvious why ECTA picked this moment to make such an announcement. Our best guess is that the steady stream of European Union countries deciding to increase their own restrictions on Huawei, in apparent response to US pressure, has alarmed ECTA’s membership, but they seem to be swimming against the current on this one.

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  1. Avatar Kul 19/10/2020 @ 3:54 pm

    The obvious reason is simple.

    The game is to take control of a new technology. That is 5G.

    So just charge ahead.

    The winner is one with better technical specs

    and prices.

    • Avatar Fteo 20/10/2020 @ 1:37 am

      China’s copycat mentality is so predictable. Even in export controls, it copies. 5G mostly stolen and copied products. They need foreign chips and high speed computers they don’t have. If they don’t wake up to the facts, they will be taken down soon. They world cannot have a predatory nation that destroys industry for the sake of their own surviveble.

      • Avatar AJ 20/10/2020 @ 10:14 am

        I really believe that the worst is yet to come, these nations are not hungry for trade or money but they want the only thing that gives them the kick, the power to rule and feel like the world revolves around them. And obviously the general population is being manipulated to that mean and guess who will or are suffering, the people not the rulers. I wish everyone could be prepared for what’s coming, the worst financial crisis we have faced so for, as dollar keeps on rising no red flag is being raised, dollar has become the most unstable currency recently, and I believe that in a matter of days there will be a huge crash where the dollar will hit a low 50percent of what it is now if not less. Good luck to all dollar dependant countries.

      • Avatar Coold 21/10/2020 @ 3:30 am

        That is just bs. Most 5G tech is pantented by Huawei, meaning they are the one who found and develop the technology. The Ban is just a way for other company that is lagging behind Huawei have time to copy Huawei technologies.
        Even in US, Huawei is employing researchers and fund technology innovation, but right now they even cannot transfer the technology that they definately funded back to HQ.

  2. Avatar Darkpeguin 197 19/10/2020 @ 4:42 pm

    “Isn’t it amazing how much less time it takes to make new laws when there’s nobody to oppose them?” guys you are so biais President Trump wake up and sign up every thing who’s crossed his mind that are damaging for all the world with little thorough full thinking behind bad bad

    • Avatar Andy Tiller 19/10/2020 @ 5:42 pm

      I think the article is quite balanced – Scott also makes the point that “By using such vague, subjective criteria to act against Huawei, the US has legitimised such behaviour for the rest of the world”. The irony is that the CCP can indeed pass laws with less constraints than Western democracies, but it was US laws which have caused this situation. US aggression on trade is dangerous for the world’s economy and even for its political stability. The current US administration is attempting to appear strong in the run-up to the US elections, but in reality they are being short-sighted and reckless.

      • Avatar Jay Optimus 19/10/2020 @ 6:37 pm

        This article is NOT balanced. Read it again and this time slowly.

      • Avatar Amanda 19/10/2020 @ 8:32 pm

        Absolutely spot on..

      • Avatar Asare Kojo 19/10/2020 @ 9:04 pm

        Where is the balance. Its pathetic when some people think thy way of doing things is the normal. The West 8s nothing but a group of gangster nations always trying to protect their interests. Police in US shoots to kill, torture to kill and it is normal. Another country passes law to curb unruly protesters and that is deemed undemocratic. Shame on you hypocrites

        • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 20/10/2020 @ 9:16 am

          Thank you for showing us how to be balanced.

      • Avatar RobH 20/10/2020 @ 9:49 am

        From what I can see, it seems a dubious path for the US and the rest of the free world to allow its basic 5G infrastructure to be such that we are relying on an authoritarian state thats opposed to our most basic values. I mean if it takes a few more years to implement the equipment from Nokia, Erricson, and has some increased costs, I think its worth the extra investment to be sure that an adversarial country cannot control or affect or grid or 5G network once its up. For me, i know it will not affect me if it takes a couple more years to get the 5G going. i rather wait and have more assurance its secure. With regards to the hostile trade policies, its amazing how people are characterizing it as a US initiated action. To me, china has been acting in a coercive and hostile trade activity by requiring American, European and other foreign countries to set up assembly plants for their products in china where we have to have a chinese partner company to show them our technology and know how on how to build various products. thats been going on for years and china has gotten away with it. Another example is this recent “wechat” ban from the US government. First off, i find it amazing its as popular as they say as i had never heard of it until it was in the news for being banned. But in any case, nobody seemed to care that the control fanatics in china basically forced Google out of China several years ago. God forbid that google allow a chinese consumer to google terms like “tianamen square massacre” or “democracy”. if they can ban Google search engine, why is it only the US is considered to be hostile by banning that “wechat” thing that seems to be an obscure app that is not important? In summation, i think the US has been long overdue in taking these actions. they should have done this type stuff 10 years ago before so much of our tech has been appropriated by china

        • Avatar Yan 21/10/2020 @ 4:56 am

          You have to understand why Google left China (actually Google still keeps its biz in China and collect decent money from China) and why Apple stays there. Just Google refused to keep data of Chinese users in China and insisted to put the backup in the US. It’s the same question that will the USA allow anyone to save the data in China and if not, what else choice left rather than leaving?

    • Avatar Simon Yong 20/10/2020 @ 1:18 am

      Bullying!! doesn’t gets you very far, in the end you’re forcing the weak to get stronger. Trump’s a person without “substance and moral” .. everyone knows that, except its equally idiotic followers.

  3. Avatar Marc 19/10/2020 @ 4:55 pm

    I guess it about time politicians think hard to protect their interests and their people rather than listening to big brother telling them what they should do. At the end of the day whatever happened you will not benifit anything, except for big brother.

  4. Avatar Terence 19/10/2020 @ 5:08 pm

    China I support you!! Hope you WIN!!

    • Avatar Perry 19/10/2020 @ 8:17 pm

      Well said

    • Avatar RobH 20/10/2020 @ 9:55 am

      China sucks. its a country run by a small group of authoritarian control freaks that has no interest in human rights or freedom of speech. Just ask the people of hong kong or those in the chinese internment camps for muslims. Yeah, they suck, no doubt about it.

  5. Avatar Elias 19/10/2020 @ 5:11 pm

    They’re evil, lying commies. What do you expect? Xi has Covid. Maybe he isn’t thinking clearly.

    • Avatar Ale 19/10/2020 @ 5:37 pm

      So commies lie; Trump and subservient doggie Pompeo no lies; go and do some research on youtubes.
      Wake up man
      Dont lie in a cave

    • Avatar Sam pam 19/10/2020 @ 6:18 pm

      A lunatic like Trump still has over 40% of The Americans’ support. Regardless of China,who is the real friends of Trump? For me, I don’t care who is the the US president, they are all evils but Jimmy Carter. Many countries have been destroyed by U.S. in the last two decades. Trump is a lying thug, but at least he has not authorize any invasion of any country yet. I do hope that Trump will be reelected so that all countries can see most of the Americans’ real faces.

      • Avatar Steve Yang 20/10/2020 @ 10:26 pm

        Check, who ordered Iranian General Solaimani assassinated?

    • Avatar happierman 19/10/2020 @ 7:28 pm

      How can you come up with such a accusation? To a whole nation? What is your problem?

    • Avatar Cloudy 19/10/2020 @ 11:41 pm

      Xi can be just having a cough from a cold or flu.
      Try to improve the lives of 1.4 billion Chinese in China, that is a big job not many can.

    • Avatar ESPS 20/10/2020 @ 12:23 am

      The evil is you n Trump.

    • Avatar Lawrence 20/10/2020 @ 1:02 am

      Who is evil? Who started it? You are so evil.

    • Avatar Frederick KARAMAGI 20/10/2020 @ 7:57 am

      Who doesn’t know who has covid19 and a cocktail of drugs have affected his thinking?

  6. Avatar Mark 19/10/2020 @ 6:09 pm

    Go Trump 2020!!

    If you don’t like it, bummer, it’s my opinion and I’m allowed to have it. And Sleepy Joe is going to jail anyway. Soon!

  7. Avatar Ngawang phunkhang 19/10/2020 @ 6:23 pm

    We can eat grass instead of bread or buy more expensive goods made in democratic countries. BIG NO TO CHINESE PRODUCTS UNLESS CHINA RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS AND BECOME A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY.

  8. Avatar Helmut Granger 19/10/2020 @ 6:51 pm

    Writer is biased, with negative nuances against China peppered through his message. Odd, none of this would have happened if the US let free market forces do their work. Yet the blame is still nuanced against China. Next, blame the Japanese for Hiroshima & Nagasaki, oh wait, done already. And the long list goes on. Its always someone else’s fault for being an ass. So you get rid of them.

    • Avatar RobH 20/10/2020 @ 10:08 am

      helmut, the means and tactics china has employed to become the worlds factory of cheap stuff is whats at issue. they engage in forced technology transfers by making American and western countries give chinese half ownership in factories they force them to open in china to have market access. then the western companies have to teach the chinese partner company our technology so they can then take it and make duplicate products to compete with ours. the problem with that is they basically stole this “know how” and didn’t have to pay the R & D costs to make the product. I mean why would they do that when its easier to just steal it from the Americans. Thats just the way china is. They steal and appropriate everything they have and then try to make like they came up with it on their own. With regards to Hiroshima…, while that was a tragedy, are you not forgetting one small, tiny detail to your history lesson for everyone?? Are you aware that the war that lead to that unfortunate event was initiated by Japan attacking and bombing the US at Pearl Harbor. Had Japan not initiated the war by attacking Pearl Harbor, its highly probable Japan would never have had dropped those bombs to end that war.

  9. Avatar Cletus the clown 19/10/2020 @ 7:03 pm

    OpenRAN is the new way forward. Leave the politics at the door.
    But this does appear a little less fractured than the legacy vendors.

  10. Avatar Anthony I Dichaba 19/10/2020 @ 7:03 pm

    I support China! This is uncalled for the game is not fair China took a good stance to fight back

  11. Avatar Hu Fan 19/10/2020 @ 7:03 pm

    China has been engaged in a trade war with the West for years…it is only now that our politicians have begun to acknowledge this fact and take action. Whether or not the actions against Huawei are justified on the basis of it doing anything illegal is besides the point. China is now reaping what it has sown.

  12. Avatar Baron 19/10/2020 @ 8:31 pm

    The American law is the law of the loser, in the long run the US companies will suffer more.

  13. Avatar Skywatch 19/10/2020 @ 8:44 pm

    Huawei was offered to Motorola in 2006, but US department didn’t approve the deal. In fact Huawei played in favour of the american OTT (Google, Facebook, Amazon) as a way to establish a fast and cheap internet infrastructure around the world.
    The issue is that Huawei fall down under the Icarus syndrome where no one is allowed to be above USA (being telecoms or cars or banks or else you pay).

  14. Avatar Brandon Lew 19/10/2020 @ 9:17 pm

    ‘reciprocal action’ says it all.

  15. Avatar Ymf American 19/10/2020 @ 9:30 pm

    I m happy to see such counter measures to the bully style of trading from American. The world economy revolves among many countries not the US can dictate how everyone behaved. The discriminatory of practice by Trump administration will continue even a change of president in November election, so counter measure is indeed needed.

  16. Avatar Johann 19/10/2020 @ 9:32 pm

    USA fighting a loosing battle and war against China… Coming a long way… Lazy fat Americans… Slim hungry people from the east… The way to beat competition is to develop smart strategies and improved products, not the tRump way. It is time that America and the world start taking notice of what is happening in their development and commerce space.

  17. Avatar Kim Smith 19/10/2020 @ 10:16 pm

    America, karma ! What goes around ,comes around and not before time . Two can play the game , Donald !

  18. Avatar Billy bob 19/10/2020 @ 10:28 pm

    Chinese stole a lot of the technology from Nortel years ago. Gave it to a general in the army.put Nortel out of business.
    Stolen technology no thank you China.

    • Avatar neko tamo 20/10/2020 @ 8:42 pm

      And America stole technology from Japan, France, Germany, …
      Just, judge everyone the same 🙂

  19. Avatar Jaimes 19/10/2020 @ 11:04 pm

    If USA is allowed to do whatever it pleases and other countries just keep quiet and follow blindly. But whenever China does anything, most countries will condemn.
    This is double standard. This will only encourage China to be stronger.

    • Avatar RobH 20/10/2020 @ 10:21 am

      James, your take on events is hillarious. You say that if the US takes a strong stand on it, its bullying and they get away with it. Nothing could be farther from the truth. whenever the US takes a stand against something, everyone has something to say. But what about china and this virus they unleashed on the world? When Australia simply asked for a UN investigations to the virus’s origins, China responded by economic penalties and boycotts and rebuking Australia. God forbid Australia wanting to know what happened with this chinese virus getting into their country and around the world. Then with Venezuela, i believe when some government official referenced it by calling it the china virus, china responded by telling the Venezuelan’s that “they better shut their mouths”. I mean not only are the chinese not repentant for this global catastrophe they let lose upon the planet, they are vile, contemptuous and abusive to anyone who dares say the obvious in that it originated in china and china let it spread to the rest of the world.

      • Avatar neko tamo 20/10/2020 @ 8:55 pm

        @RobH, I really hope you’re not this narrow minded.
        Calling covid19 a “China virus” is slanderous and it’s good they took a stand against it.

        Detecting a new virus is very hard, they all have very similar symptoms. There must be a noticeable number of severe cases to instigate investigation. It’s not like everyone with a cold like symptoms give samples for DNA analysis all the time.

        Just think a bit 😉

  20. Avatar Alvin Wong 20/10/2020 @ 12:26 am

    China is always the world economy and political power since 2000 years ago.
    Only the last 200 years US and European dominated by default.
    Now the stream is going back to the original condition. China has the technology, finance, military, scholars, philosophers, manufacturers, competitive politicians and huge lands and seas. Work with China, not against China.

    • Avatar RobH 20/10/2020 @ 10:32 am

      with regard to the technology, they only have primarily what they stole from the rest of the world by forced tech transfers and outright theft. they invent nothing, they are very proficient at stealing. i will give you that. Now with regards to Scholars and Philosophers…, not sure what your talking about there. what notable scholars and especially philosphers are going to hail from a country thats an authoritarian regime run by control freaks? When i think of china i think of George Orwell’s book “1984′ and the muslim internment camps they have. these camps are reminiscent of the camps nazi germany had for the jews. I wonder if in 50 years from now, will we all look back on those chinese internment camps for muslims like we now look at the nazi concentration camps for the Jews?

      • Avatar Andy Tiller 20/10/2020 @ 2:27 pm

        While true in the past, I think this is a rather out of date perception. Have you compared WeChat to WhatsApp? China is beating the West in innovation these days – I suspect that’s why the US has adopted an aggressive stance.

        • Avatar happiman 20/10/2020 @ 6:43 pm

          Andy, even before we talk about which app is better, I just wonder if you already knew that WhatApp has been blocked in China since 2017.
          This is how Chinese communist party does in the business.

          The fundamental human values, such as freedom in speech, human rights, fairness, support intellectual property , are not part of Chinese mindset.

  21. Avatar Jean 20/10/2020 @ 12:28 am

    For 2,500 years of Confucius ‘ teaching, China did not invade, and occupied or loot a foreign country, but be careful America you might needs to dig two graves.

  22. Avatar Thisone 20/10/2020 @ 12:49 am

    What a stupid argument “the chinese entity list has no legitimacy cuz they just made it [up.] But OURS has legitimacy cuz it’s been around longer even though we just made it up.”

  23. Avatar Richardhg 20/10/2020 @ 1:34 am

    The author doesn’t appreciate the advantage the Chinese government has at a time when Western democracies are failing and flailing.

    When the CCP responds, it’s an adult, considered response that had been carefully developed behind closed doors using layers of scientific, financial, and political expertise. Where Trump shoots from the hip inaccurately, China always comes close to hitting bullseyes.

    The US has become destabilised by increasingly partisan politics and wild conspiracy theories, a trend that’s spreading in Australia, Britain, and many European countries. Accordingly, there are wild-eyed politicians who are piling on to popular issues, creating extremely unstable policy environments.

    China made a winning decision when they excluded Google and Facebook from China. The US has been weaponising Big Data for over a decade, and the ability of Facebook and Google to individually target every person in the world makes it a huge danger to any national government when they have incurred the wrath of the US. Ask Ed Snowden. 😉

    Where the US uses heavy-handed policies which lead to the kind of consequences like Iraq, where 2 million civilians died as a result of America’s invasion looking for non-existent weapons of mass-destruction, China is playing a long game with surgical precision.

    Trump has now thrown the US tech sector under the bus in his desperate war against China. The fact that China hasn’t responded far more dramatically suggests that they see this as a great opportunity to leapfrog the entire US tech sector within 5 years.

    So these small moves by China, when viewed as precise surgical intervention, make a lot of sense.

  24. Avatar bl517 20/10/2020 @ 1:39 am

    US-China trade tensions will change soon. Most people in the US is so sick of Trump’s lies, devisiveness, and selfishness. He only cares for himself. He does not give a shit what harm is done to the US as long as he wins re-election. He would welcome Huawei into the US if China could help him get re-elected.

  25. Avatar Mickwa76 20/10/2020 @ 3:18 am

    We all know true well that the Trump only banned Huawei because Huawei was getting too big and would have eventually become better than most US companies. If you can’t beat your competition, kill them. That’s all that is happening here.

  26. Avatar Acmij 20/10/2020 @ 6:03 am

    The difference between China and the west is freedom to do business without interference of the government. Businesses in China are controlled by this one party the communist party which has the ultimate say in everything. This is bad. The firm’s in China can’t do what they like when a party member is looking over the shoulder. Also the party is using their intelligence to make it hard for western businesses to do business in China.

  27. Avatar Harvey Moss 20/10/2020 @ 8:35 am

    The double standard applied is so blatant but yet it is never pointed out.
    With respect to Huawei – where is the evidence?
    That is not required in the land of law and order?

    But the narrative regardless of which western media has been consistent:
    Chinese aggression
    Chinese theft
    Chinese bullying

    I wonder what would happen if China or Russia provided advance weapon systems to Cuba? Oh yeah, Russia tried that… US threatened to declare war. But yet US selling weapons to Taiwan is ok? US Carriers constantly sailing around the Chinese coast is ok?

  28. Avatar Terry 20/10/2020 @ 8:38 am

    The Real Problem is America a country which is approaching the end of its effectiveness to govern. Parties turned gangsters almost mafia style or worst. The Big Trouble is, when the Titanic is down, it pulls (with intent) everything down around with it. The cost of capitalist cartel exploitation of civilisation.

    • Avatar happiman 20/10/2020 @ 7:02 pm

      Terry, people like you blamed the western civilization for hundred years still live in poverty.

      The modern day Asian Nazi, which is China have overwhelming support from its citizen . Do you know why?

      China blocks all most of all of the international news website, including BBC, Spiegel Online, Time, NBC, FRanc24, Twitter, NY Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Yomiuri, Mainichi Shimbun, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Wikipedia.
      Why even Scratch is block( It’s a kid’s website.

      Counties that restrict Google are China, Crimea, Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.

      That’s why we see Chinese people are brainwashed by corrupted Chinese community party as we do North Korean.

  29. Avatar k 20/10/2020 @ 8:26 pm

    China is completely over populated and has silently invaded and occupied different countries through subsidising it’s citizens to move to other countries. Once they have established a hold they start a complicated and at first covert process to steal tech through industrial espionage. They pillage natural resources through poaching .All the rhinos , leopards and elephants almost gone to create medicine to sustain erections and other mumbo jumbo . The Chinese are one of the most racist nations and always treat foreigners as second class people. They are “investing” in Africa telling them white people are racist …but as soon as they buy a mine they ship in Chinese workers and don’t employ any locals …they then ship the minerals to China and Africa gets the big investment of one mining license in return for all the raw materials ….China is a virus that’s an expression of what’s wrong with people an unsustainable mega growth consumer life that is literally eating up all the resources in the world …whales gone …in Africa or around the South pole where the last of the big fish shoals live you see nothing but Chinese trawlers illegally emptying the ocean of all it’s fish ..It doesn’t matter what religion, colour or country or philosophy you heed from you need go unite to stop Chine eating up the natural world and spewing out pollution faster than you can finish university 25 years China will have tipped the world into unreversible climate change…they are so hungry they are buying donkey meat from Africa .The world should cut food exports to China …even the insects in China have been all eaten up ..this is not to say other countries are innocent ..least of all America ..but THE biggest global problem country in every way is China …

  30. Avatar happiman 20/10/2020 @ 9:02 pm

    The military game was in Wuhan in 10/18/19 China where Chinese people spread the virus to the world.
    They were proudly cheating and banned.

    “the middle distance competition was unfortunately overshadowed by extensive cheating by the Chinese team.”
    The corrupted communist mindset is that they would do anything, even cheating, stealing, bullying , to win.

    Why it has to be always China and then later blame other countries for cheating?

    • Avatar Jerome 20/10/2020 @ 11:35 pm

      The worse is that cheating, stealing, bullying plus fat are the common characters of Trump, Pompal and William barr, and may be you are same too if you are fat.

      • Avatar happiman 21/10/2020 @ 1:12 am

        We all hate Trump, so we have a common ground. Is that why Chinese people are cheating because Trump is cheating?

        • Avatar Jerome 21/10/2020 @ 2:51 am

          Most Chinese people do not cheat, in fact they hide their talent and in low profile. Besides they work hard and loyal to their job even they immigrant to other countries. I lived in Chinese world most of my life, so I know it. I do not want to insult people but you force me to do it.

  31. Avatar Name 21/10/2020 @ 8:56 am

    This comment section is full of chinese 50 cent army trolls. Obviously USA has its own awful problems but i fully support the boycott of an authoritarian regime actively stripping human rights away from people and throwing them to concentration camps.

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