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EU foreign policy chief says no Huawei ban

The European Union (EU) is not currently planning to ban the technology giant Huawei, which has become a subject of dispute between the US and China in recent weeks, Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini stated.

“The position we have at the moment is definitely not [to ban Huawei],” Mogherini said in an interview with CNA on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue of security chiefs in Singapore.

Mogherini, whose official title is the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, described the EU’s relations with China as “complex”.

She pointed out that the EU cooperates with China on many issues like climate change and the Iran nuclear deal – two issues where Brussels is at odds with Washington – but the two parties “obviously have different systems and different values when it comes to the political system, democracy and human rights”.

Washington accuses Huawei of spying through its sophisticated 5G technology for the Chinese government, an allegation strongly denied by both the firm and Beijing.

Weeks ago, US President Donald Trump took the escalating trade tensions with China to another level by adding Huawei to a list of firms with which US companies cannot engage in trade unless they get a license from authorities. The move was followed by US tech giants, including Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Broadcom cutting ties with Huawei.

Huawei has filed a lawsuit against a United States law that bans American government agencies from purchasing the Chinese company’s equipment, calling the ban unconstitutional.

China’s Commerce Ministry has also announced it will unveil a blacklist of “unreliable” foreign firms and individuals, amid a trade war initiated by the United States.

Huawei became the world’s second-largest smartphone maker after it surpassed the US’s Apple last year. It currently owns about 40 percent of the global market for network.

Beijing and Washington have held talks to settle the issue, but to no avail so far.