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EU industry chief sees no quid pro quo in Chinese firms’ ‘mask diplomacy’ – Source Reuters Tech News

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU industry chief Thierry Breton says he does not see any ulterior motive behind Huawei [HWT.UL] and other Chinese companies’ donations of face masks to the bloc and that solidarity is the best way to tackle the global coronavirus outbreak.

FILE PHOTO: European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton gestures as he communicates on the EU’s 5G plan in Brussels, Belgium January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Chinese network equipment maker Huawei, the world’s No. 1, has drawn criticism from some quarters in recent days after giving millions of protective masks and gloves to Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Greece and Switzerland.

Dubbed by some as mask diplomacy, critics say the move could be a ploy to win lucrative 5G contracts following EU guidelines announced in January which block the company from core infrastructure networks.

Chinese online retailer Alibaba and other Chinese companies have also given face masks and medical…

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