( Reuters ) – The European Union should worry about Huawei and other Chinese technology companies because of the risk they pose to the industry and the security of the bloc, the EU Technology Commissioner said Friday.
"Do we have to worry about Huawei or other Chinese companies? Yes, I think we have to worry about these companies, "said Andrus Ansip at a press conference in Brussels after a senior executive of Chinese technology giant Huawei was arrested in Canada in an investigation into suspected bank fraud.
Huawei, the US $ 93 billion in sales last year, and is considered a national champion in China, is being subjected by many Western countries to intense scrutiny of its ties to the Chinese government, which are fueled by concerns that might plague Beijing. [1
He also said that these companies produce chips that "could be used "our secrets."
"Normal We need to be frightened, "he said, adding that he did not have enough information about the recent arrest in Canada.
Germany said on Friday that it was d) excluded any manufacturers of the planned construction of 5G mobile networks.
The Belgian Cyber Security Center is considering the possibility of a ban on Huawei in the country, the newspapers L & # 39; Echo and De Tijd reported. The company supplies the telecommunications providers Proximus and Orange Belgium with equipment.
The center was not immediately accessible for comment.
The EU as a whole is prepared to set up a far-reaching system for coordinating the control of foreign investment in Europe. An increase in Chinese investment and concerns about security and enforced technology transfer.
The arrest of Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada, however, refers to an American investigation into an alleged system that uses the global banking system to circumvent US sanctions Iran, people familiar with the investigation said Reuters.
Europeans may also face criminal prosecution in the United States for having withdrawn from an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. US sanctions have already forced many European companies to cease trading with Iran.
Meng should appear in court on Friday for waiting for a possible extradition to the United States.
() Report by Francesco Guarascio, Foo Yun Chee and Philip Blenkinsop; Cut by Mark Potter )