The relevant Chinese ministry called the speculation in Tuesday's article in the Wall Street Journal that China would retaliate against a possible comprehensive European ban on Huawei Technologies by restricting exports from European network suppliers as unfounded.
An article in an online issue of Tuesday said China could commit itself to a serious response if Huawei Technologies' mobile network devices were subject to comprehensive restrictions in the European Union. According to the US paper, in this case China would restrict exports of equipment manufactured by Ericsson and Nokia in the country, which could cause serious damage to Huawei's two rivals in the short term, but undermine confidence in Chinese production in the long run.
competent ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin in a statement to the Chinese Global Times sought to categorically refute the rumors:
THIS IS A COMPLETELY UNFOUNDED, BAD FAITH. THE PAPER HAS PUBLISHED WITH PUBLIC REAR INTENT
the spokesman told state media, adding that the paper distorted the traditionally good and cooperative relationship between the EU and China.
EU Member States would provide a fair, open and non-discriminatory business environment for all companies, including the Chinese. At the same time, the European Union has not comprehensively limited the presence of Chinese market players in certain segments, and it is unlikely that it will do so, although individual decisions by major European states could fundamentally affect Huawei's market presence on the continent.
Gellert is Technology Editor at Counting News Media and contributor at other major tech publications. Her interests includes testing new gadgets and reading.