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China expert 'cautiously optimistic' about chance of possible 5G retaliation

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China has reacted strongly to yesterday's decision by Sweden to ban two Chinese companies from bidding for 5G contracts.

Statements from both the Chinese embassy in Stockholm and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing have criticised the move by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority.

Researcher Tim Rühling from the Swedish Institute for International Affairs says he expected the decision, but was surprised Sweden so openly pointed to national security risks. There are now fears that potential retaliation could hurt Swedish telecom company Ericsson's global market share or its access to key resources, however, Rühling says he is not too concerned:

I think China needs us more than we tend to believe as Europeans",

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