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China’s Ambassador to Germany Wu Ken has warned Berlin of retaliation if Huawei is excluded from the German market as a supplier of superfast 5G equipment, Bloomberg reports, citing comments by the envoy during a Handlesblatt summit that also included Germany’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel.
“If Germany were to take a decision that leads to Huawei’s exclusion from the German market, there will be consequences”, Ambassador Wu Ken said during the event on Friday, as quoted by Bloomberg citing a video on the Handelsblatt’s website. “The Chinese government will not stand idly by”.
Wu Ken reportedly used the German automobile manufacturing sector, which accounted for a quarter of the 28 million cars sold in China in 2018, as an example, saying that it would be “pure protectionism” for Beijing to deem German cars “no longer safe” simply because China would be able to produce its own cars.
2019.12.15 / 21:16