France's reported block of Huawei is "almost a scandal"

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/22 16:28:39

France's reported intention to block out Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, by empowering its security and defence watchdogs is "almost a scandal" and "very unfair," a domestic economist told the Global Times on Tuesday. 

"It's up to France to change their own laws and regulations, but to do that just to target one overseas company is really absurd and violates basic international commercial fairness," said Xiang Ligang, chief executive of telecom industry news site 

Xiang made the comments after a report in the France based Les Echos newspaper, which noted that France is considering extending the accreditation power of National Agency for the Security of Information Systems (ANSSI) to pass an amendment that will in effect be "anti-Huawei."

Huawei declined to provide any comments on the issue when contacted by the Global Times on Tuesday as of press time. 

According to the report, the French government hopes to better control Huawei but without openly declaring war on China. 

Liu Dingding, an independent tech analyst, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the trend is increasing for some western countries to "treat business matters with political actions, particularly in the high-tech sector." 

Several countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan have dismissed Huawei, a pioneer of China's 5G technologies for national security reasons. 

"I believe they will lose more than they gain by such prejudicial actions. Huawei is already ahead of many US companies in terms of the 5G technologies. If those countries block Huawei's services, that means they are blocking out some of the most cutting-edge 5G technologies," Liu said. 

Liu also noted that a few countries' sanctions won't hinder Huawei's globalization pace. 

"5G is the future, not only for the telecommunications industry but also for industries like smart cities, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence. If Huawei does march on it will develop an absolute predominance in this technological area, so I don't think they need to worry about overseas markets and global cooperation," he said. 

But Xiang also cautioned that the French government might not actually do what the newspaper had suggested. 

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in December that Huawei was welcome in France. He also commented that Huawei plays an important role in France, though stressing that the French government might set certain limits if some investments touch on national sovereignty or sensitive technologies.  

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