tirsdag 12. januar 2021

EU hopes for 'tech alliance' with Biden after Trump Huawei 5G ban

The year 2020 marked a major shift in Europe's policy toward Chinese tech giant Huawei in that the company will be excluded from fifth-generation digital infrastructure in most European Union member states.

But on another front, it was a different story. The EU and China finalized a comprehensive investment agreement in December despite differences over human rights. The deal will create opportunities for European companies in China but could also spur disgruntlement toward the EU from the incoming government of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, set to be sworn in on Jan. 20.

"The Biden-Harris administration would welcome early consultations with our European partners on our common concerns about China's economic practices," Jake Sullivan, poised to serve as Biden's national security adviser, said in a tweet, hinting at Washington's eagerness to start building a united front in relation to the Asian giant.