China has reportedly told France to be very fair in its decision when choosing the 5G careers it’s going to grant a license to operate in the country. Huawei is part of the company vying for a spot in the 5G landscape in France.
However, China has warned the French Government not to discriminate against Huawei, as a result of any political alliance they may have with the U.S.
This is coming after local media is reporting a possible operational barrier the France government will place on Huawei. The French government said it’s going to be objective when choosing the right firm for its 5G deal.
The United States has been telling its country allies not to offer Huawei a space in their 5G deal, which would give the company the right to operate as a 5G firm in the country.
US-China trade war affecting Huawei
China has started taking measures to prevent other countries from leaning unto the request of the U.S. to ban Huawei from their 5G technology deal. As a Chinese-based company, Huawei has been facing some rejections from U.S. allies, which is probably due to the trade war between China and the US.
According to reports, France is still trying to develop its 5G infrastructure, as it’s seeking the right carrier to strike a deal. As the country draws out the list of possible partners, the Chinese government has come out strong to warn France to be very fair in its selection process.
France assures fairness in dealings
Some local media are reporting that Huawei’s 5G operation may be limited to certain regions in the country.
However, President Emmanuel Macron has assured the Chinese government that France’s decision on the deal would be fair to everyone.
He stated that the country does not intend to be discriminatory when choosing a partner for its 5G infrastructure.
The Chinese embassy said that if the French government would be placing operational constraints due to security concerns, the government should make it as transparent as possible and treat everyone fairly.
The embassy also said the purported security challenge as a result of the U.S ban on Huawei was baseless. It also said that Nokia and Ericson are part of the Chinese domestic network, and it did not discriminate before making a deal with those companies.
While some French telecommunications firms are picking their preferred 5G providers, no company has struck a deal with Huawei yet.
Huawei is also facing similar challenges in other countries, particularly those that are considered the U.S. allies.
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