Chinese ministry of commerce threatens Sweden over Huawei ban

In late January 2021, a spokesperson for the Chinese ministry of commerce urged Sweden to “correct [its] mistake” over Stockholm’s decision to exclude Huawei and ZTE from the country’s 5G infrastructure. The Chinese official went on to add that China would “take all necessary measures” in response to Sweden’s actions. The Chinese ambassador to Stockholm had already told the Swedish press in October 2020 that banning Huawei was an “incorrect decision” and that “it could have negative consequences for Swedish companies working in China.” In early January 2021, media reported that Ericssson’s CEO was pressuring Swedish authorities to reverse the ban out of concerns that Ericsson might be excluded from the Chinese market in retaliation for the Huawei ban. Under PRC law, Huawei is obligated to participate in national intelligence work, has been credibly accused of cooperation with PRC intelligence agencies, and is owned ultimately by a trade union entity likely controlled by the CCP.

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Threat Actors: China

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Date: 21 January 2021
Country: Sweden