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Ambassador Zhang Ming's response to the supply suspension to Huawei: abusing the concept of national security and exercising long-arm jurisdiction pose a hazard to economic globalization

On May 20, 2019, Ambassador Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, gave an interview to Bloomberg in Brussels.

When asked to comment on some companies’ suspension of supplies to Huawei after the U.S. government put Huawei on the blacklist, Ambassador Zhang Ming said that the U.S. government is attempting to bring down Huawei through administrative means. There is no doubt such an attempt is politically motivated. China stands firmly against any move to abuse the concept of national security and export control measures, politicize the relevant issue or disrupt the normal development and use of 5G networks and 5G cooperation. Such practice not only hinders the healthy development of 5G technology as well as its industrial, supply and value chains, but also runs counter to the principles of fairness, justice and non-discrimination. Ultimately, it does not serve the interests of any country.

Ambassador Zhang stressed that citing security concerns on arbitrary grounds and exercising long-arm jurisdiction pose a hazard to economic globalization, seriously impede fair competition, undermine countries’ sovereignty and citizens’ rights, and jeopardize international rules and order. The international community should be highly vigilant in this regard. China will undoubtedly take necessary measures to defend the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies. We urge the U.S. not to go further down the wrong path, to avoid further damage to China-U.S. relations.

The Ambassador also noted that most members of the international community, including the EU, stand against the wrong act of unilateralism. China appreciates what French President Emmanuel Macron has made clear recently. He said that France would continue to uphold multilateralism and cooperation and would not ban Huawei or any other companies.

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