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China May Impose Sanctions Against Nokia And Ericsson

China May Impose Sanctions Against Nokia And Ericsson

The Chinese authorities are considering the possibility of imposing restrictive measures against European telecommunications companies Nokia and Ericsson if the European Union Member States, following the US and the UK, begin to prevent the use of Chinese Huawei equipment for creating 5g wireless networks.

According to FOX Business, the Ministry of Commerce of China is discussing the introduction of export restrictions for Finnish Nokia and Swedish Ericsson, which will lead to obstacles in sending abroad their products produced in China. Another source clarified that these measures would be applied only in the case of a worst-case scenario, in which European countries will prohibit the use of equipment from Chinese suppliers to create 5G.

On July 14, the British government announced that it intends to abandon Huawei equipment in the national communications infrastructure. From December 31, British operators will not be able to purchase 5G products from this manufacturer, and by 2027 it will be replaced by analogs of other enterprises. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying promised that Beijing would firmly protect the interests of its national companies.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly warned the UK leadership that the Kingdom's cooperation with Huawei allegedly threatens national security. The American side also pointed out that the use of Chinese Corporation equipment in the British communications infrastructure may make it difficult to exchange information through the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance.

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