Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Shen Danyang stated in a recent interview that the Australian government's decision to block telecom equipment maker Huawei from participating in Australia's national broadband network tender over security concerns is unjust and that the Chinese government is deeply concerned.
Shen said that nearly 90% of Huawei Australia employees are Australian nationals, and that the company has maintained a clean record in its ten years of operation in Australia. The Australian government should not exclude Huawei from the tender when there is a dearth of compelling evidence to justify "security concerns" as a basis for excluding Huawei from participating in legitimate competition.
Qian Jianlin, general manager of Jiangsu-based fiber optic cable manufacturer Hengtong Opto-Electric (600487.SH), posted on his microblog, "The decision has a negative impact on us as well. Australian telecommunications officials talked with us about the contract many times, as we would have worked with Huawei on the project. However, because of Australia's aversion to China, all of our work has been for nothing."
Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "Huawei Angles for Role in Australian NBN Construction" MD 4/05/12 issue.