EU ‘should worry’ about Huawei, Chi­nese firms

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - BUSINESS -

BRUS­SELS: The Euro­pean Union and its cit­i­zens should be “wor­ried” about tele­coms gi­ant Huawei and other Chi­nese firms that co­op­er­ate with Bei­jing’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, a se­nior EU of­fi­cial warned Fri­day. Huawei quickly hit back at Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Vice Pres­i­dent An­drus An­sip’s warn­ing, say­ing it was “sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed” while re­ject­ing any charges it posed a se­cu­rity threat. The Chi­nese tele­coms gi­ant has been un­der the spot­light since Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer and daugh­ter of its founder, was ar­rested nearly a week ago in Canada at Wash­ing­ton’s re­quest. The White House did not spec­ify why she was de­tained but men­tioned long­stand­ing U.S. con­cerns over Chi­nese firms us­ing stolen in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and how Bei­jing ac­quires in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy. –

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