China urges Sweden to reverse its Huawei, ZTE ban to avoid harming its companies


BEIJING (Reuters) – Sweden should reverse its ban on Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei [HWT.UL] and ZTE <0763.HK> <000063.SZ> from a planned 5G spectrum auction to avoid a “negative impact” on its own companies, said China’s foreign ministry.
“China expresses strong dissatisfaction with Sweden,” said foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, speaking at a regular news briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.
The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) on Tuesday banned the use of products from Huawei and ZTE by companies taking part in the auction scheduled for next month.
“Sweden should uphold an objective and fair attitude, and correct its wrong decision, to avoid bringing a negative impact to China-Sweden economic and trade cooperation and the operations of Swedish enterprises in China,” said Zhao.

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