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Europe should be afraid of Huawei, EU tech official says

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By and Philip Blenkinsop

(Reuters) - The should be worried about and other Chinese companies because of the risk they pose to the bloc's industry and security, the EU's commissioner said on Friday.

"Do we have to be worried about or other Chinese companies? Yes, I think we have to be worried about those companies," told a conference in Brussels, days after a top at Chinese was arrested in as part of an investigation into

Huawei, which generated $93 billion in revenue last year and is seen as a national champion in China, faces intense scrutiny from many Western nations over its ties to the Chinese government, driven by concerns it could be used by for spying.

Ansip said he was concerned because Chinese companies were required to cooperate with services, such as on "mandatory back doors" to allow access to encrypted data.

He also said those companies produce chips that could be used "to get our secrets".

"As normal, ordinary people we have to be afraid," he said, adding he did not have enough information about the recent arrest in

said on Friday it opposed excluding any manufacturers from the planned construction of

Belgium's centre for cybersecurity was considering the possibility of banning Huawei in the country, newspapers and reported. The company supplies equipment to telecom providers Proximus and Orange

The centre was not immediately reachable for comment.

The EU as a whole is braced to launch a far-reaching system to coordinate scrutiny of foreign investments into following a surge of Chinese investments and concerns about security and forced

However, the arrest in of Huawei relates to a U.S. investigation into an alleged scheme to use the global system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, people familiar with the probe told

Europeans too could potentially face prosecution in the United States, which has withdrawn from an agreement with on its nuclear programme. Reimposed U.S. sanctions have already forced many European companies to stop trading with

Meng was due to appear in a court on Friday as she awaits a possible extradition to the

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio, and Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Mark Potter)

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 18:31 IST