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Hungary sees Huawei as strategic partner despite security concerns

Christian Fernsby |
Hungary regards China’s Huawei Technologies as a strategic IT partner, the Finance Ministry said.

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In a statement issued after Finance Minister Mihaly Varga met a senior Huawei executive in Beijing, Varga was quoted saying Huawei would help Hungary develop its broadband internet network and meet its goal of high-speed internet access for 90 percent of families by 2025, as per an earlier agreement.

Huawei has faced growing scrutiny around the globe due to fears that the Chinese government could use its technology for spying. The United States has called on its allies not to use Huawei’s products.

The Chinese group has repeatedly denied allegations that its technology could be used for spying.

Huawei employs more than 2,000 people and runs its biggest logistic center outside China in Hungary, Varga noted after his meeting with James Li, regional president of Huawei’s European operations.

In central Europe, Hungary and Poland have been building close relations with China in recent years, seeking economic opportunities.

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