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31 July


Australia ban Huawei and ZTE from its 5G

Former prime minister sees this as a future Chinese aggression

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Australia banned Huawei and ZTE from its 5G network as a "hedge against adverse contingencies" in case relations with China soured in the future, according to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

Turnbull, who was ousted as leader in August 2018, said that his government "decided not to allow 5G networks to be built out by companies that have an obligation to their own country to assist the intelligence services of those countries".

"We have to, in an uncertain world, hedge against contingencies where people who we have friendly relations with, we may not necessarily be friends with in the future," Turnbull said in an interview with the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong this week.

Huawei and ZTE were both banned from supplying 5G equipment to Australia’s wireless network in August on national security grounds. Under Chinese law, Chinese companies have an obligation to cooperate with the country’s intelligence services.