BEIJING, May 17 (Xinhua) -- China appreciates France's fair stance on Chinese technology enterprises' participation in 5G network building, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said Friday.
According to media reports, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that "launching now a technological war or a trade war vis-a-vis any other country is not appropriate," when responding to the United States' restrictions on Chinese enterprises in 5G construction.
"Our perspective is not to block Huawei or any company," Macron added, voicing support for multilateralism and cooperation.
Lu Kang told a press briefing that China and the European Union (EU) had welcomed the progress made in their 5G-related dialogue and exchanges in a joint statement issued during the 21st China-EU leaders' meeting.
Cooperation in science, technology and innovation has also been enhanced between China and the EU as they successfully held the 4th China-EU Innovation Cooperation Dialogue and confirmed their intention to renew the bilateral Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, Lu added.
The development and utilization of 5G depend on the exchanges and cooperation among all countries. The United States' interference in the development and cooperation in 5G, particularly by misusing national safety standards to politicize the issue and to take discriminatory measures to suppress certain companies, is not only detrimental to the development of 5G, but also against the principle of fair competition or any country's interests, Lu said.
"We encourage more countries to independently make policy choices based on facts and in line with their own interests and to work together to ensure a fair, just and non-discriminatory market environment," he said.