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Embassy Spokesperson's Letter to the Economist about the Latter's Comment on Huawei
2019/02/25

Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, recently wrote a letter to the Economist about the latter’s comment on Huawei and to reiterate China’s stance on relevant issue. The Economist published the letter on 21 February, the full text of which is as follows:

“How to handle Huawei” (February 2nd) was right in saying that “aggressive action” against the telecoms-equipment maker “would come with huge costs for all, including America”. Take Britain, for example. Over the past five years, Huawei has brought £2bn ($2.6bn) to the country and created 7,500 jobs. The company has pledged a further £3bn in investment and procurement in the coming five years. You were also right that “the exclusion of a firm on the say-so of American officials, without evidence of spying, would set a dangerous precedent”. Discrediting a company without any concrete evidence misleads the public, violates rules of commerce and damages business confidence. The right approach is to be rational towards foreign companies and support fair competition. The Chinese government encourages Chinese firms doing business abroad to contribute to the local economy and society and operate within international regulations and local laws.

Moreover, the National Intelligence Law is aimed at improving the legal system relating to national security. Chinese laws and regulations do not authorise any firm, including Huawei, to build back doors to network systems. The British government keeps an eye on Huawei’s operations through the Cyber Security Evaluation Centre, whose reports show no evidence of any problem involving back doors.

 

ZENG RONG

Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy

London

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