China slams EU's ban on Huawei as 'presumption of guilt'

Noting that the European Commission (EC) keeps alleging that Chinese telecom firms such as Huawei, ZTE pose security risks without providing any evidence, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday that China firmly opposes such presumption of guilt.

The EC announced on Thursday it will no longer use services that rely on Huawei and ZTE, citing security concerns.

The reality is that ever since Huawei and ZTE started operation in Europe many years ago, not only have they done no harm to European countries' security, but they have contributed substantially to the growth of Europe's telecom sector and generated considerable socioeconomic benefits, Wang said.

The EC's identification of certain entities as "high-risk" suppliers without any legal or factual basis contradicts the spirit of the rule of law and is also a brazen violation of the principles of market economy, free trade and fair competition that the European Union (EU) claims to champion, he said.

China strongly urges the EU to comply with international trade rules, not to make everything political or about security, and not to suppress foreign firms in the name of security, he added.

(Cover: A photo shows the Chinese technology company Huawei logo during the Vivatech technology startups and innovation fair at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, France, June 14, 2023. /CFP)

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