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Rome and London are unmoved by US pressure over Huawei

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Analysis. Under the M5S government, Italy has moved closer to China, especially given the large trade opportunities presented by the New Silk Road. Officials say Rome has no intention of banning the company.

written by Simone Pieranni

Topic China


February 21, 2019

Italy is resisting America’s alarmism and is not going to ban Huawei, but it is attempting to build up its own abilities to better assess any security risks.

With this stance, Rome is following the lead of other countries that traditionally follow America’s lead, but which have recently corrected course (a list including such major players as Germany and the UK).

While these developments ostensibly revolve around Huawei, there is a geopolitical clash playing out in the background, with the US engaged in actively pressuring its allies to take a more anti-China stance, in the context of Beijing’s recent international activism.

For now, the Europeans don’t seem to be responding to the pressure from Washington, perhaps as a side effect of Trump’s wildly wavering foreign policy, not least on the question of the Syrian “foreign fighters.” However, the US accusations against the Chinese company Huawei is leading to a full-court push by Washington across the board.

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