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EU Poised to Send Warning to China on 5G

  • Bloc’s position on 5G security outlined in draft statement
  • EU vows to source critical components from trustworthy parties
Preparations Ahead Of MWC Barcelona 2019

Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

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The European Union is poised to say potential 5G suppliers will be evaluated based on their home country’s laws, a stance that could exclude Chinese businesses from some lucrative contracts for the advanced telecommunications networks.

“Factors, such as the legal and policy framework to which suppliers may be subject to in third countries, should be considered,” according to a draft of a joint statement obtained by Bloomberg and planned for release next month. The document is due to be approved on an informal basis this week by government envoys with formal sign off by ministers due in December, and the wording is subject to changes.