Along with other Balkan countries, Bulgaria signs a 5G deal with the US for high-speed wireless network security. It aims at excluding Chinese hardware providers. This deal is part of the effort by the Trump administration to exclude Huawei and other Chinese companies from 5G networks.
Bulgaria signs a 5G deal with the US, receives 5G network security guidelines from the European Union
Bokyo Borissov, the Bulgarian Prime Minister stated that the European Union has provided the necessary guidelines for 5G network security. The 5G network should be built with fair competition and transparency. Bulgaria has joined North Macedonia, Kosvo, and other neighboring nations to also sign the “Clean Network” security agreement.
The “Clean Network” agreement aims to do away with long-term threats to data privacy, security, and human rights that poses to the free world from authoritarian malign actors, like the Chinese communist party, stated the US Department of State.
US government’s campaign for the exclusion of Huawei and other companies from China over concerns of national security
As per reports, the US administration led a campaign across Europe and elsewhere for the exclusion of Huawei. The US government has been very concerned by the growing dominance of Chinese companies in constructing 5G internet networks. It is blacklisted by the US over concerns of a threat to the national security and use of its technology for spying on behalf of the Chinese government.
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The Chinese administration denied these allegations, stating that the US initiative is guided by commercial concerns.
The signing of the agreement launched bilateral talks on China between the US and the EU
The US Embassy in Sofia commented that Bulgaria is joining a growing coalition of countries and companies that are committed to protecting the 5G networks from untrusted vendors. Keith Krach, the US Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, said that this agreement is vital for the national security, economic prosperity, and stability of the region.
The signing of the agreement took place as top officials from both the US and the EU launched a bilateral dialogue on China on Friday. Joseph Borell, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, and Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, welcomed the start of this dialogue. The statement called this dialogue a dedicated forum to discuss a range of issues related to China between the US and EU experts. The bilateral talks involve discussion of themes like human rights, security, and multilateralism. The next meeting is scheduled for mid-November.