Huawei has gifted “millions of protective masks and gloves to Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Poland, Greece and Switzerland,”as Reuters reported.
But there’s more to this generosity than meets the eye, as asserted by Congressman Mark Green (R-TN), who told Fox News this week: “In France, we were told yesterday on a conference call that [French President Emanuel] Macron was talking to [Chinese President] Xi and Macron asked for a billion masks, and Xi said, ‘We’ll give them to you if you implement 5G with Huawei.’ That’s who China is and it’s time the world wake up and recognize it.”
We must increase our strategic stockpiles and fix our reliance on China– the country that started this virus– for our Nation's supply of medications and medical supplies.
— Rep. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) April 4, 2020
To skeptics, Huawei’s efforts illustrate an attempt to secure lucrative 5G contracts amidst new January EU guidelines – which block Huawei from developing critical infrastructure networks. In response to the accusations, Huawei spokesman Joe Kelly said, “a small minority may have misunderstood our motives, which are simply to help people when and where we can.”
Quick to defend Huawei’s generosity, the European Union’s Industry Chief, Thierry Breton, condemned public accusations of any supposed ulterior motive replying: “Now the epicenter of the pandemic is in Europe… of course we welcome the fact that the Chinese government is saying ‘how can we return the help.’”