Bucharest — Romania’s Centristo government approved a US-backed bill on Thursday that effectively bans China and Huawei from participating in the development of 5G networks, according to the IT & C and National Security Commission. Members told Reuters.
Europe has emerged as a battlefield for the technology “Cold War” between the Chinese administration and Washington, and Huawei’s European rivals Ericsson and Nokia will duopoly their suppliers if Chinese companies are closed. There is a possibility of becoming.
“The government has approved this bill, which is of paramount importance to Romania, and has sealed a 2019 memorandum of understanding signed in Washington, which excludes China and Huawei from its 5G partnership with the Romanian state. Means, “says Pavel Popescu.
According to a memorandum of understanding between the Romanian and Chinese administrations in August 2019, “As part of our risk-based security approach, we need a careful and thorough evaluation of 5G vendors.”
Romania was a strong Washington ally before joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2004. Washington sees Huawei as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s global surveillance system.
Huawei, which plays a leading role in the telecom world preparing for the next generation of wireless technology, has repeatedly denied spying on the Chinese state.
The bill, approved on Thursday, reflects the US Memorandum of Understanding and the attitude of Romania’s Supreme Defense Council. Popescu said: “National security is an important goal and it is very important to protect the personal data of future generations of Romania.”
Vendor assessment states that it is necessary to determine whether a company is subject to control by a foreign government, has a transparent ownership structure, and is subject to a legal system that implements transparent corporate practices. I am.
Popesque said the bill, which could be rubber-stamped in Congress in the coming weeks, is a prerequisite for launching 5G bidding in the Black Sea later this year.
By Radu-Sorin Marinas