China urges countries to end ‘fabrications’ against Huawei

Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government. (Reuters)
Updated 14 January 2019
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China urges countries to end ‘fabrications’ against Huawei

  • Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West
  • ‘We urge relevant parties to cease the groundless fabrications and unreasonable restrictions toward Huawei and other Chinese companies’

BEIJING: China on Monday urged countries to end “fabrications” about Huawei, after an official in Poland said his country could limit the use of the company’s products by public entities following the arrest of a Huawei employee there on spying allegations.
Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and US-led allegations that its devices could be used by Beijing for espionage.
No evidence has been produced publicly and Huawei has repeatedly denied the accusations, but several Western countries have restricted Huawei’s access to their markets.
Poland arrested a Chinese Huawei employee and a former Polish security official on spying allegations on Friday, officials and sources told Reuters.
A Polish government official responsible for cybersecurity, Karol Okonski, told Reuters on Sunday that “abrupt” policy changes toward Huawei were not warranted after the arrests, but that the use of the company’s products by state entities could be reviewed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, responding to the remarks at a regular news briefing in Beijing, said China hoped the Polish side would work to create mutual trust and maintain relations.
Hua said “some people” seek to use groundless accusations about security threats to “suppress and restrict Chinese technology companies’ development abroad.”
“We urge relevant parties to cease the groundless fabrications and unreasonable restrictions toward Huawei and other Chinese companies, and create a fair, good and just environment for mutual investment and normal cooperation by both sides’ companies,” Hua said.
“Using security reasons to hype, obstruct or restrict normal cooperation between companies in the end will only hurt one’s own interests,” she added.
Seeking to distance itself from the incident, Huawei said on Saturday it had sacked the employee arrested in Poland, Wang Weijing, adding that his “alleged actions have no relation to the company.”
A LinkedIn profile for Wang showed he has worked for Huawei’s Polish division since 2011, and previously served as attaché to the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk from 2006-2011.
A spokesman for the Polish security services said that the allegations related to individual actions, and were not linked directly to Huawei.
Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, has called for the European Union and NATO to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.
In August, US President Donald Trump signed a bill that barred the US government from using Huawei equipment and is considering an executive order that would also ban US companies from doing so.
Australia and New Zealand have also blocked it from building 5G networks amid concerns of its possible links with Beijing.


Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the China Development Forum 2019. (Photo/Supplied)
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Aramco CEO attends China development event

Aramco CEO Amin Nasser attended the China Development Forum, a three-day event that focused on key issues such as the supply-side structural reform, new measures of proactive fiscal policy, and the opening up of the financial sector and financial stability. 

The Aramco chief met the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the forum. Li expressed his appreciation for Saudi Aramco’s investment in an integrated downstream project in Panjin city in Liaoning, coming right after the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China in February. 

The exchange also allowed Nasser to briefly outline Aramco’s plans in China including downstream investments in Zhejiang province.