China requested France Monday to guarantee a "fair and just" environment for its companies after Paris determined to restrict licenses for telecom operators using 5G technology from Huawei.
The United States and Australia also have banned Huawei from their 5G networks and the Financial Times reported Monday that Britain could decide this month to phase out Huawei's devices from its system. France's National Agency for Security of Computer Systems spoke Monday, however, that local operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom -- which already use Huawei devices -- will be issued eight-year licenses to operate 5G technology.
China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said a regular briefing on Monday that Beijing hoped France "can uphold an objective and fair attitude" and allow the market and enterprises to "choose their interests". He urged France to take "practical action to provide an open, fair, just and non-discriminatory business environment for enterprises of all countries, including Chinese enterprises."
Huawei has spent billions of dollars in 5G technology, competing mainly against Sweden's Ericsson and Finland's Nokia. But the United States has raised concerns that Huawei 's technology could be used by China as a Trojan horse to spy on other countries.