China warns Germany of economic risks over 5G ban contemplation

China’s ambassador to Germany has warned against banning Chinese telecom companies from participating in Germany’s 5G network without providing evidence of a threat to national security.

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China’s Ambassador to Germany, Wu Ken, has issued a warning, stating that China will not stay passive if Germany decides to ban Chinese telecommunication firms from participating in the construction of the country’s 5G network, without providing concrete evidence of a national security threat. While it is understandable that Germany wants to enhance the security of its mobile network, Ambassador Wu emphasizes that this should not be used as an excuse to politicize economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

The European Union is considering a mandatory ban on member states, including Germany, from using companies that are deemed to pose a security risk in their 5G networks, such as Chinese telecom giant Huawei. German media has previously reported that the government plans to impose restrictive measures in the near future.

Ambassador Wu Ken of China warns that banning Huawei from Germany’s 5G networks without solid evidence would harm Germany’s own interests. United States has failed to provide evidence to support its claims of national security risks. Ambassador Wu calls these actions “kicking down the ladder” while Chinese companies contribute to Germany’s digitalization efforts. China will take necessary measures to defend the interests of its companies if a ban is implemented without evidence. Banning Huawei equipment would result in significant economic losses for Germany.