Chinese tech giant Huawei
Reports, China threatens the small Faroe Islands by Huawei
Danish media reports that the Chinese government threatened to cancel a trade agreement with the small Faroe Islands if the country does not accept to use the Internet networks supplied by the Chinese technology company Huawei.
Huawei is at the center of a global debate on cybersecurity, with the United States pressing its allies in Europe and elsewhere to avoid the company for fear that it may allow the Chinese government to spy on consumers.
It is part of a wider global battle between China and the US. UU. For trade and technological supremacy, and control over the market for new and fast 5G wireless equipment is considered key.
The Danish media cited an audio recording made on November 15 by the local broadcaster while preparing to interview the islands' trade minister. The hot microphone recording picked up a private conversation between the minister, Helgi Abrahamsen, and his assistant.
The assistant allegedly explains to the minister how the Chinese ambassador, Feng Tie, in a meeting four days earlier had threatened to close a trade agreement if telecom operator Faeroe did not choose Huawei to build its 5G mobile network.
The Faeroe announcer had planned to broadcast the audio, but a local court quickly issued a court order, requested by the Faeroe government. The mandate prohibited the transmission of the recording, claiming that it could damage relations between China and the country, a small nation of just 50,000 people who is part of Denmark but enjoys wide autonomy.
In Denmark, the DR station and the Berlingske newspaper reported on the case on Tuesday. DR said he "is familiar with the content of the audio file," but declined to specify whether he had heard it directly. Berlingske could not be reached immediately for more information.
Bardur Nielsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands who attended the November 11 meeting with the Chinese ambassador, said he will not discuss the case. The Chinese embassy could not be reached for comment.
The Chinese state newspaper Global Times quoted spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, saying the claims are completely false and have hidden motives.
Huawei, the world's largest manufacturer of mobile networking equipment, said it was not aware of any meetings between the Chinese ambassador and the ferocious politicians in November as reported.