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EU should worry about Huawei, other Chinese firms: official

AFP  |  Brussels 

The and its citizens should be "worried" about and other Chinese firms that cooperate with Beijing's intelligence services, a senior EU warned Friday.

issued the remarks after Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's and daughter of its founder, was arrested a week ago in at Washington's request.

The did not specify why she was detained but mentioned longstanding US concerns over Chinese firms using stolen intellectual property and how acquires

"Do we (in Europe) have to be worried about or other Chinese companies?" Ansip asked during a press conference in

"Yes, I think we have to be worried about those companies because they set new rules according with their IT companies, their producers," Ansip said.

"They have to cooperate with their And this is about mandatory backdoors," the former of added.

He said he has long opposed such backdoors where the firm may use chips to obtain secrets from customers, though he pointed out little was known about concrete cases.

"It's not a good sign when companies have to open their systems for some kind of secret services," he added. "As normal ordinary people of course we have to be afraid."

Experts in the US see Meng's arrest last Saturday as a toughening stand in on dealing with Chinese tech firms amid longstanding concerns over cyberespionage.

Recent US already bans military and government use of devices made by and fellow Chinese firm over security concerns.

Federal regulators are also in the process of implementing rules that would for rolling out fifth-generation, or 5G, networks in the

Huawei has denied any ties to the Chinese government, but many in are sceptical.

Huawei is meanwhile facing bans for 5G contracts in and New Zealand, and group BT revealed on Wednesday it was removing Huawei equipment from its core

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:05 IST