The tension between India and China can be developed if Huawei is prevented from marketing in India. China has warned India not to block Huawei Technologies from marketing in India, warning that if they do so China will ban all Indian firms operating in China.
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that within few months India will hold trials for setting up advanced 5G cellular network. However, it has not yet been decided if the Huawei equipment creators would be invited.
Huawei is also in the middle of a geopolitical battle between the United States and China. In May, US President Donald Trump had blacklisted the company, stating nation security concerns as the reason. The US has asked its allies to not use Huawei technology claiming that China uses it for spying.
According to two sources in the internal discussions in New Delhi state that on July 10, Vikram Misri, India’s ambassador in Beijing was called to the Chinese foreign ministry to listen to China’s concerns regarding the US blacklisting Huawei out of 5G mobile arrangement globally.
In the meeting, Chinese officials claimed that there can be “reverse sanctions” on Indian businesses in China if India bans Huawei because of pressure from the White House.
Moreover, Beijing hopes that India will make an independent decision on the 5G race. In a statement to Reuters, Hua Chunying the spokeswoman said “Huawei has carried out operations in India for a long time, and has made contributions to the development of Indian society and the economy that is clear to all,” She furthermore said”On the issue of Chinese enterprises participating in the construction of India’s 5G, we hope the Indian side makes an independent and objective decision and provides a fair, just and non-discriminatory commercial environment for Chinese enterprises’ investment and operations, to realize mutual benefit.”
In a letter written by Ashwani Mahajan, the head of the economic wing of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to Modi, wrote that they are doubtful about the operations of Huawei in India. In the letter he wrote, “We as a country are not yet sure of relying on Huawei. Globally, the Chinese companies, including Huawei, are facing allegations that they ‘underbid’ projects, and position themselves and their establishment back home to snoop and enable them to shut remotely, if required be..”
A professional group of officials led by Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Indian government and representatives from information technology, telecoms departments, and intelligence services has been considering if Huawei should be allowed for the 5G trials.
According to the official group they have not found any evidence which suggests that Huawei has used any malware or software to spy on India. The official said “We can’t simply reject them just because they are Chinese,”