China Blasts ‘Unfair’ Huawei Equipment Bans by Other Countries

(Bloomberg) -- China’s foreign minister urged countries not to use “fabricated” excuses to block Huawei Technologies Co., as Vodafone Group Plc joined a list of companies that are shunning the telecommunications equipment supplier.

“Using national power to tarnish and take measures against a certain company, without any evidence, is both unfair and immoral,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters late Friday as he wrapped up a trip to France and Italy.

China Blasts ‘Unfair’ Huawei Equipment Bans by Other Countries

While Wang said every nation was entitled to protect its information security, that approach shouldn’t be abused, according to a statement on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. He didn’t mention Huawei by name, or Vodafone’s announcement on Friday, but was responding to a question about the recent global crackdown on the Chinese supplier.

The move by Vodafone follows a decision by BT Group Plc to rip Huawei gear out of the backbone of its U.K. mobile network. Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe’s largest carrier and a major Huawei customer, is also reviewing its purchasing strategy.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been pushing allies to block Huawei from fifth-generation wireless networks, citing fears that China could use its equipment for spying -- something the firm’s executives have denied. China’s largest telecom-equipment supplier faces bans in the U.S., Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

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