Romania's government approves bill to bar China, Huawei from 5G networks

Photo: EPA Employees work in the Huawei store in Shanghai, 10 January 2021.

Romania's centrist government on Thursday approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, Pavel Popescu, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.

“The government just approved this bill of paramount importance for Romania, sealing a 2019 memorandum signed in Washington, meaning that China and Huawei are ruled out from any would-be partnership on 5G with the Romanian state," Popescu said.

Under the memorandum, the two governments said in August 2019 that: "as part of risk-based security approach, careful and complete evaluation of 5G vendors is necessary."

Washington sees Huawei as an arm of China's Communist Party's global surveillance machinery. Huawei, which is playing a leading role as the telecoms world gears up for next generation wireless technology, has repeatedly denied spying for the Chinese state.

Popescu said the bill, which could be rubber-stamped in parliament in the next weeks, is a prerequiste to launching 5G tenders in the Balkan state in second half of the year.

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