China expects fair play from India on Huawei

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Beijing, June 20: China on Thursday hoped that India would make an "independent judgement" about Huawei's participation in the rollout of 5G telecommunication network and provide an "unbiased and non-discriminatory" environment for Chinese businesses in the country for mutual benefit.
"I think more and more countries have expressed their unbiased attitude concerning Huawei's participation in 5G. We hope that India will make independent judgement and provide fair, unbiased and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese enterprises to invest and operate, so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
Lu's statement came ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to New Delhi later this week.
Giving a sneak preview of his talks with Indian officials, Pompeo last week said he would discuss Huawei's participation in India's 5G network and voiced US interest in the operation, saying "we are eager to help India establish secure communications networks – including 5G networks as well."
The telecom equipment vendor has come under a cloud after allegations that its electronic and telecom devices helped China to spy on US corporations and agencies. The Trump administration last month placed Huawei and its affiliates on a blacklist, effectively banning the telecom equipment company.
Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said the department would take a "calibrated" view on Huawei's participation in the 5G rollout and there will be no compromise on security.
The government has constituted a committee headed by its principal scientific adviser to decide on Huawei’s participation in the 5G trials.
Lu also said China has always asked its companies to abide by laws and regulations in the countries they operate. (UNI)