EU offers safe fifth generation plan amid doubts about Huawei

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The European Commission on Tuesday unveiled its plan to ensure the safe entry of fifth-generation technology into European telecommunications networks, amid doubts about China’s giant Huawei.

The United States has accused the Chinese company of posing a security threat to Western telecommunications networks because of its alleged links with Chinese intelligence services.

But some European countries are negotiating with Huawei to use its advanced technology to promote high-speed wireless future networks.

The European Commission has not yet urged European countries to follow the lead of the United States, Australia and Japan in blocking deals with Huawei.

But it will take steps to determine the seriousness of this and encourage EU member states to share information.

“We have certain concerns associated with some producers,” vice-president of the unified digital market Andrews Ansip told reporters.

“Everyone knows I am talking about China and Huawei,” he said, referring to a 2017 intelligence report that Chinese companies have been dealing with state intelligence agencies.

“I think we have to worry about this,” he said.

The plan, unveiled at a press conference in the EU parliament in Strasbourg, calls on member states to report any security threats to their national network infrastructure by June 30.

The European Cybersecurity Agency will then be given until 1 October to submit a risk assessment report at the European level.

Member States will then discuss the measures to be taken and reach a decision before the end of the year.

Huawei cautiously welcomed the European move.

“Huawei understands the concerns about cybersecurity among European legislators, and based on mutual understanding Huawei looks forward to participating in the European framework on this matter,” the company said in a statement.

“We are firmly committed to continuing to work with all legislators and partners to successfully deploy 5th generation technology in Europe.”

The fifth-generation technology for fast data transmission will become the nervous system of the European economy in the coming years in strategic sectors such as energy, transport, banking and health.

Huawei has become a global leader in this field, and Europe’s use of the technology may be delayed if Chinese suppliers are forced to do so.

Some Western capitals fear the possibility of Huawei’s Beijing networks giving access to its trade, military, scientific and diplomatic secrets.

China angrily denies the charge, but the United States has blocked China’s fifth-generation technology in its territory and has urged its allies to follow suit or face losing some ties with US intelligence.

The European Commission statement came immediately after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his French, German and other European leaders in Paris.

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