Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Exclusive Live Interview on CNBC
2019年11月14日，駐英國大使劉曉明在出席“法國巴黎銀行全球市場大會”并發表主旨演講后，接受了美國全國廣播公司財經頻道（CNBC, Consumer News and Business Channel）資深記者安奈特·威斯巴赫采訪，就華為、中美關系、中英關系、英國脫歐等問題闡述中方看法和立場。采訪內容于15日在該頻道“歐洲財經論壇”（Squawk Box Europe）節目播出，并在網站和推特同時刊登，實錄如下：
On November 14, 2019, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming gave an exclusive live interview on CNBC with Annette Weisbach after delivering a keynote speech at the Global Markets Conference 2019 held by BNP Paribas. He shared thoughts on Huawei, China-US relations and trade negotiations, China-UK relations, Brexit and other questions. The interview was broadcast on CNBC "Squawk Box Europe" the next morning, and carried on CNBC website and twitter. The transcript is as follows.
Weisbach: There's a lot of controversy about Huawei's role in 5G network and its equipments. What is your response here? Can you assure European and also the US consumers that there won't be any sort of problems with those equipments?
Ambassador Liu: I do not foresee a major problem between Huawei and their business partners, because Huawei is really a good company. They contribute a great deal not only in terms of telecom industry in this country, but also in terms of corporate responsibilities. They employed about 20,000 employees and invested 3 billion US dollars in this country. And they are the leader in 5G. I think the British business partners still welcome Huawei.
There are some noises. I don't want to name the country. They do not want to see Huawei have a better presence in European countries. They twist arms of, they put pressure on these countries.
But so far, I think some European countries, like Britain, Germany, and France, have not yet made a final decision. In terms of government decision, I think it is still debated, with divided views.
We understand people might have some concerns. Huawei also understands the so-called security concern, so they try to address this concern. Huawei has set up Cyber Security Evaluation Centre staffed by British people. Huawei paid for this facility to monitor and analyze their own facilities - whether they are secure and safe, whether there's a problem. So they are very transparent. They want to be a good partner. I always say that Huawei will present golden opportunities for China and the UK and for China and European countries to collaborate in 5G. If you kick out Huawei, you really miss opportunities.
So I do hope that, the British government, German government, or French government, they will make decision based on their own national interests, based on their collaboration with China in building a strong partnership with China, but not based on some political witch hunt or, I would call, Cold War mentality. So I do hope Huawei will be here for win-win cooperation. As China will open its door wider, I do hope other countries will also open their doors and will not shut the doors to China.