UPDATE 1-Europe must maintain own course after U.S. blacklisting of Huawei – Germany

(Adds BDI statement)

BERLIN, May 16 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the powerful BDI industry association distanced themselves on Thursday from the U.S. government’s decision to put Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies on a blacklist.

China has slammed the U.S. move and threatened to take its own steps to protect its companies, in a further test of ties as the economic heavyweights clash over trade.

“Europe needs to maintain its own course,” the BDI said, adding that the European Union would decide independently which companies it would allow to…
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