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EU decides against bloc-wide ban of Huawei in defiance of USND


Manabu Morimoto, Nikkei Asian Review, Wednesday 27th March 2019

The European Union has chosen to let each member nation decide whether to use equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies despite American demands to keep the company away from high-speed 5G networks. “EU member states have the right to exclude companies from their markets for national security reasons, if they don't comply with the country's standards and legal framework," the European Commission said in a nonbinding recommendation issued on Tuesday. The EU’s decision not to issue a bloc-wide ban could become another flashpoint in bilateral ties between the bloc and the US, after the US threatened to end intelligence sharing with any country using the company in fifth-generation wireless. The recommendation Tuesday did stress the need for greater security in 5G networks -- which could connect factories, self-driving cars and more. "Its cybersecurity is crucial for ensuring the strategic autonomy of the Union," said the recommendation.

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