China says Australia's Huawei ban "unjust"
BEIJING, Apr 06, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A spokesman with China's commerce
ministry said here Friday that it was "unjust" for the Australian
government to ban Chinese telecom equipment company Huawei from
bidding on local broadband network contracts.
China is "deeply concerned" over the matter, said Shen Danyang, a
spokesman with the Ministry of Commerce.
Huawei Technologies has been rejected by the Australian government
from bidding for work on a 35.9-billion-Australian-dollar high-speed
broadband network for cyber security reasons.
Australia should not expel Chinese companies from fair market
competitions in the name of security, Shen said.
Huawei has provided broadband network equipment and services for
many countries around the globe, and Huawei Australia, which was
bidding for the contract, has been operating in Australia for almost
10 years without any unfavorable record, he said.
Nearly 90 percent of employees of Huawei Australia are Australian,
The spokesman stressed that China and Australia have signed a
bilateral investment treaty, and that trade and economic cooperation
have boomed between the two countries in recent years.
Therefore, both sides should create a fair and discrimination-free
market environment and promote the healthy development of
Sino-Australian economic and trade cooperation with an open,
cooperative and constructive attitude, he said.
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