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Huawei 'very unlikely' to get involved in Latvian 5G infrastructure, says report

A report by a group of Central and Eastern European China experts on attempts by Chinese technology company Huawei to do business in the region singles out Latvia for its unambiguous stance on the issue.

Titled "Huawei in Central and Eastern Europe: Trends and Forecast", the report results from discussions among China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE), a collaborative research platform bringing together China analysts from the region.

"Latvia ended its ambiguity on Huawei in February 2020 when it signed the joint declaration on 5G security with the US. Since then, local telecom companies aired their preference of telecom companies from Sweden and Finland. The local mobile network operators are becoming increasingly aware of the risks of cooperation with Huawei, making its participation in 5G network infrastructure in Latvia very unlikely," the report says.

The United States in particular has claimed Huawei represents a security risk given its links to the chinese government.

"Interestingly, unlike in North Macedonia or Cyprus, the signing of the declaration [by Latvia] was not followed by a reaction or statement of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China," the report notes.

The full report is available to read online.

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