With the 5G trials to initiate soon, China has warned India if it blocks Huawei from the trial, there would be consequences for Indian companies conducting business in China. Most recently, the Trump administration in the US had banned Huawei from conducting business and Google as well backed out of supporting Huawei with Android updates.
As per sources, Vikram Misri, India’s ambassador in Beijing was called to the Chinese foreign ministry on July 10 to hear China’s concerns about the U.S. campaign to keep Huawei out of 5G mobile infrastructure worldwide.
During the meeting, Chinese officials said there could be “reverse sanctions” on Indian firms engaged in business in China should India block Huawei because of pressure from Washington, one of the sources said, citing a readout of the ambassador’s meeting.
This matter could well possibly rake up further tensions on the India and China border. For the 5G trials, so far India has received six proposals from Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Huawei and others.
A committee, led by the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Indian government K Vijay Raghavan and representatives from the departments of telecoms, information technology, and the intelligence services, is contemplating to extend the trial to Huawei. As of now, there is no evidence against Huawei to be using back-door programs or malware to collect and send data to China.