Australia bans Huawei from selling 5G tech

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In this July 4, 2018 photo, the Huawei logo is seen at a Huawei store at a shopping mall in Beijing.

Huawei's Australian arm said on Twitter that it was an "extremely disappointing result for consumers".

The US House Intelligence Committee previously found that Huawei and ZTE, which is partly state-owned, were tied to the Chinese government and that both companies failed to provide responsive and detailed answers about those relationships and about their US operations.

"Huawei is a world leader in 5G and has safely and securely delivered wireless technology in Australia for close to 15 years".

Following a national security review of potential risks posed by allowing Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to provide equipment for the country's 5G network, Australia has chose to close the door to the company. Lawmakers have expressed concern that the company's technology poses a national security risk because its devices may contain features created to compromise American users.

Australia's communications and acting home affairs ministers on Thursday issued a joint statement on the matter.

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The ban prevents local mobile carriers in the country from purchasing 5G technology equipment from the Chinese companies.

Huawei made a statement on Twitter, saying that the Australian government had made the move despite the Chinese firm "safely and securely" delivering wireless technology in the country for almost 15 years.

Firms "who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government" would leave the nation's network vulnerable to unauthorized access or interference, and presented a security risk, the statement said. ZTE declined to comment.

Huawei, the world's largest maker of telecommunications network gear and the No. 3 smartphone supplier, had promised that Canberra would have complete oversight of 5G network equipment, which could include base stations, towers and radio transmission equipment.

In Beijing, the foreign ministry and commerce ministry said China was concerned with Australia's decision, adding that Australia should not use the excuse of national security to artificially erect barriers and conduct discriminatory practices.

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