November 25, 2020
Brasilia / Rio de Janeiro (Reuters) -On Tuesday, the Chinese embassy in Brazil said President Jair Bolsonaro’s son made critical comments about telecommunications equipment company Huawei, damaging relations between the two countries.
The rift was the latest chapter in the battle between China and the United States over the US claim that China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is a security threat. The United States imposed trade restrictions on Huawei in September.
Huawei has repeatedly denied that it is a security risk.
The president’s son, Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, said, “It will darken the friendly atmosphere between the two countries and undermine the image of Brazil,” the Chinese embassy wrote on Twitter.
In early November, Brazil’s right-wing government joined the US-led Clean Network. This is a digital alliance between more than 30 countries and major carriers, excluding technologies that Washington considers to be operated by China, such as Huawei.
Some of the initiatives are focused on building a 5G mobile network that excludes devices from Huawei and ZTE in China. Meanwhile, top Brazilian carriers have already tested Huawei equipment for 5G and said they would like to have as many options as possible.
Eduardo Bolsonaro called it “Chinese espionage” in a tweet to Huawei’s technology on Monday before deleting the post.
In a tangible post, he wrote that the Clean Network Initiative is intended to counter “enemy of freedom” such as the “Chinese Communist Party.”
In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday, the Chinese embassy called the comment “totally unacceptable.”
Huawei states that it complies with Brazilian law and can be used for any tests and explanations it deems necessary by the authorities.
(Report by Ricardo Brito and Gram Slattery, edited by Cynthia Osterman)
China says Brazil’s son is hurting relations with critical comments on Huawei
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