Huawei conducts opaque lobbying with Estonian government to reverse 5G ban
In the fall of 2019, partly in response to the objections raised by U.S. and European security officials, Estonia looked set to ban Huawei from participating in its 5G rollout over surveillance, sabotage, and privacy risks. In response to these plans, Huawei employed a PR firm counting multiple former Estonian ministers among its members, raising additional concerns about indirect influence. Media reports suggest that the former ministers brokered numerous meetings between Huawei and current lawmakers or officials in an effort to reverse the planned regulation, though, in the absence of any lobbying regulation in Estonia, what was discussed in those meetings and who attended them was not logged in any official record. 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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Date: 2019-2020
Country: Estonia
Source: Source Source 2