Unexpectedly, Sweden stepped on the “brake” at the last moment.
According to a China Youth Daily report on November 10, the Stockholm Administrative Court of Sweden temporarily lifted the ban on Huawei and ZTE after receiving Huawei’s appeal the day before. In this regard, the 5G spectrum auction scheduled for November 10 by the Swedish Postal and Telecommunications Administration has also been postponed accordingly, we mentioned it here
The Swedish Postal and Telecommunications Administration announced on October 20 that it will conduct an auction of 5G spectrum on November 10, local time, but there is an additional clause that operators participating in the auction cannot use Huawei’s equipment. If they are using it, they must also The replacement will be completed by 2025 here and now…
In the first 20 days of the 5G spectrum auction, the Swedish Postal and Telecommunications Administration introduced such a highly targeted measure that did not even leave any extra reaction time to Huawei and ZTE. This is undoubtedly determined to drive them out completely. The Swedish market!
For Sweden’s behavior, China will not be used to it. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately issued a warning to Sweden: Sweden should reconsider its decision to avoid negative impacts on Swedish companies in China; Chinese Ambassador to Sweden Gui Congyou also clearly pointed out that if the Swedish side will be the Chinese side in the 5G construction Excluding specific companies, it cannot be without consequences. If you continue to go its own way, it is likely to pay a huge price for it.
Has Sweden made up its mind to think that China can’t take it? Not to mention that more than 600 Swedish companies such as IKEA, Electrolux, and H&M have made a lot of money in China over the years. Ericsson, also a communications company, had a total revenue of US$1.92 billion in China last year alone. In April of this year, Ericsson won 5G contracts from China Mobile, Telecom, and China Unicom, and won 11.5% of the mobile company’s 2020 5G base station procurement projects. This alone will bring Ericsson more than $500 million. income.
Sweden really wants to provoke a dispute with China, and it takes minutes for China to deal with it. Compared with the huge Chinese market with a population of 1.4 billion, Sweden has a population of only 10.11 million, and the domestic 5G market is only as big as two-thirds of Guangzhou. Without the Swedish market, Chinese companies can also live well. Besides, Swedish companies in China are not irreplaceable. Ericsson’s technology is also available in China, and even more advanced in some aspects. Without you Rui butcher, we still can’t eat piggy?
The reason why the Stockholm Administrative Court of Sweden made the temporary abolition of the ban on Huawei and ZTE is because on the one hand, the Swedish Postal and Telecommunications Administration’s ban on Huawei and ZTE is indeed unreasonable and discriminatory; on the other hand, It was the efforts from the national level that allowed Sweden to make the right choice after weighing the pros and cons.
Some analysts say that Sweden’s violation of its February commitment is related to the Wallenberg family’s strong influence on the Swedish government. This Wallenberg family, which has been passed down for 6 generations, has almost been involved in all domestic industries in Sweden, controlling 1/3 of Sweden’s stock market, and many family elites are involved in politics. It can be said that Sweden has the ability to call the wind and the rain.
Such rumors and analysis should not be reliable. If the Wallenberg family is to cooperate with the United States in suppressing the Chinese communications company to fight for a competitive advantage for Ericsson, while at the same time profiting from the US defense orders in the arms trade, it is the black hand that promotes the ban on Huawei and ZTE internationally, logically and logically. It makes sense. But it is absolutely impossible to promote this in Sweden. After all, the family has greater interests in China. It makes no sense to suppress the small market of Huawei and ZTE in Sweden and sacrifice the big market of China. Logically, this family is the minority group in Sweden who opposes the ban.
Sweden’s approach to excluding Huawei is mainly due to the country’s anti-China politicians and intelligence system. These people are extremely pro-American, anti-China, ideologically paranoid, and seldom consider corporate interests. Of course, this is also related to the relative resentment of China in the entire Swedish society, as evidenced by the incidents of insulting China exposed in the past few years.
The Swedish court made this decision for an important reason, that is, the result of the US general election came out, and Trump’s resignation is basically a foregone conclusion. With Biden taking office, the United States may adjust its policy of suppressing Chinese companies such as Huawei. There is no “leading sheep” ahead. If Sweden is still unaware of the current affairs and insists on offending China, then it will have to bear its own misery.
However, these countries repeatedly toss Huawei and ZTE, and the adverse impact on these two Chinese companies is still very obvious. Doing business is most afraid of repeated tossing. After the suppression of the United States, Australia, Sweden and other countries, communication operators in Western countries will be more cautious when adopting products from Chinese communication equipment vendors.
To solve this dilemma, the country must catch one or two typical cases in the international arena, and beat them up. Australia of the “Five Eyes Alliance” and Sweden in Europe are the best targets. China basically has no place to ask for them, and their interests in China are huge. They can be painful with just a pinch.