Tang Hua, commentator of Chinanet
As the first western country to establish diplomatic relations with the people’s Republic of China, Sweden in recent years has been on the wrong path of Anti China and Anti China.
On November 10, Sweden’s 5g spectrum will be officially auctioned. However, on the 20th of last month, the Swedish post and Telecommunications Administration announced that telecom companies participating in the bidding were prohibited from using 5g equipment from Huawei or ZTE. Those in use must be replaced before the beginning of 2025.
Like the United States, the reason given by the Swedish government for this is “threatening national security”, which is absurd and meaningless. As early as 2000, Huawei set up a branch in Sweden, and its business has already involved mobile communication system. How can a law-abiding enterprise, which has cooperated for 20 years, become a “hacker company” of “extensively collecting intelligence and stealing technology secrets” overnight? Sweden has not given an explanation, and I believe it can not. The so-called “want to add to the crime, why have no reason to be guilty”, this is clearly a blatantly weaved accusation, malicious construction.
Whether Huawei and other Chinese enterprises will bring security risks, EU countries have their own steelyard in mind. On January 29 this year, the EU officially released the 5g network security “toolbox”, which proposed a series of measures to strengthen 5g security from the perspective of strategy and technology, but did not prohibit Chinese enterprises from participating in the construction of 5g network in Europe. Germany, France, Italy, Spain and other major European countries have promised not to exclude specific enterprises in specific countries from 5g construction. The governments of Portugal, Serbia and other countries even said that they would not change their cooperation plans with Chinese enterprises on 5g network even in the face of threats from the United States. As a result, Sweden’s move has also caused concern and dissatisfaction in the European industry. In a statement on its official website, the European competition Telecommunications Association condemned any ban on Chinese 5g suppliers for geopolitical purposes, warning that such a move would cause negative effects such as the EU 5g deployment delay.
GUI Congyou, Chinese ambassador to Sweden, pointed out that Huawei had long proposed to the Swedish government that if it was worried about security issues, it could sign a “backdoor free” agreement. But now the Swiss side has no factual basis, and is unwilling to sign a “backdoor” agreement with Huawei. It also categorically excludes Huawei and other Chinese enterprises from the construction of 5g, trampling on the so-called self proclaimed values of “fairness, non discrimination, freedom, neutrality and open competition”.
It can be seen that, under the guise of security issues, targeted attacks on Chinese enterprises such as Huawei are just a set of hypocritical statements copied from the United States by Sweden.
In recent years, Sweden has repeatedly discredited and vilified China’s image and wantonly damaged the overall situation of the stability of bilateral relations. In 2018, Swedish TV station’s “Swedish news” program broadcast vile Chinese programs. The host used vulgar language to belittle and vilify the Chinese people, causing public outcry. By this year, Sweden has become a running dog of the US Anti China policy.
With the global spread of Xinguan epidemic, the number of cases in Sweden has increased rapidly, and the government has been unable to fight the epidemic. However, while advocating “mass immunization”, Sweden has been following the United States in clamoring for “China’s epidemic responsibility theory” and “independent investigation theory”; on China’s internal affairs such as Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet, Sweden, together with the United States and other western countries, has played the role of human rights defender, pointing fingers at China. This attack against Huawei ZTE is undoubtedly another proof that Sweden and the United States are following suit in China policy.
Some analysts believe that the Wallenberg family, Sweden’s largest financial group, may have played a role in fueling the flames in this incident by “sacrificing” Chinese enterprises to win Telecom and arms orders for Ericsson and Saab in the United States. No matter whether this statement is reliable or not, Switzerland should be prepared to bear the cost of deteriorating bilateral relations. What’s more, China, which Sweden is aiming at this time, is no longer a “second-class country” without the power to fight back.
In 2019, the trade volume between China and Switzerland will reach 17.68 billion US dollars (about 118.1 billion yuan). In particular, Ericsson, as an international veteran mobile communication giant, has in-depth cooperation with China’s major operators, and China has become one of the main markets for Ericsson’s 5g development. Ericsson has further expanded its share of China’s 5g market by signing 5g contracts with three major telecom operators in China. In addition to Ericsson, Electrolux appliances, SKF investment, AstraZeneca and IKEA are all brands of the Wallenberg family. They have made a lot of profits in China, which is inseparable from the fair and good business environment created by China for Swedish enterprises. But today, Sweden has repeatedly damaged the interests of Chinese enterprises and hurt the feelings of the Chinese people. I’m afraid it will be very difficult for Sweden to enjoy the treatment of “eating and smashing the pot”.
The most stupid thing in the world is not to listen to advice, the most expensive is “regret medicine”. Sweden, which claims to pursue the principle of permanent neutrality, has fallen into the arms of the Anti China forces of the United States. What are the consequences and whether they can afford it? The Swedish side and relevant interest groups need to consider clearly in advance. (editor in charge: Yang Xinhua, Li Xiaohua)
Tang Hua, commentator of Chinanet