Is PM Morrison Backpedaling On Huawei Ban?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned other nations against reading too far in to Australia’s ban on Chinese equipment maker Huawei.
Mr Morrison said countries should avoid “over-interpreting” the Coalition government’s decision to ban the company from Australia’s 5G rollout and make their own decisions on whether to include Huawei in their own networks, according to The Australian.
“We don’t see it as our role to be involved in the decision of other nations,” he said, speaking in Singapore alongside Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
Singapore is in the process of selecting equipment for its own 5G network, and other near-China nations like Malaysia appear unlikely to enforce similar bans on Huawei.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad said last week Huawei’s 5G technology showed “tremendous advance” over other suppliers.
Australia was the first country to ban Huawei from its 5G rollout, sparking a wave of restrictions against the Chinese company.
The most significant have been the US bans, which have greatly affected Huawei’s access to the supplies it needs to build its smartphones and even its processors.
The bans form part of the country’s ongoing trade battles between the US and China, Australia’s largest military allies and trade partners respectively.
Mr Morrison may now be seeking to appear diplomatic to avoid aggravating Beijing in the face of a slowing economy.