Bloomberg: How China Made the Netherlands Question the Free Market
Thu September, 2020, Age: 3 years
Growing skepticism of China is a path already taken by countries from Australia to the U.K. — and most aggressively pursued by the U.S. under Donald Trump. But it’s a new direction for the Netherlands, a mercantile nation founded on free trade. Now it’s crafting a foreign investment screening mechanism and has all-but ruled out the participation of Huawei in its 5G network core by barring companies that “are obligated to work with governmental organizations, especially those in charge of intelligence.”
The Netherlands is one just two European Union members — Sweden is the other — to have a public strategy on China. In it, the government cites assessments by the AIVD Dutch intelligence agency noting Chinese intelligence gathering on financial, economic and political subjects, as well as Beijing’s interest in Dutch companies active in the fields of high-tech systems, energy, maritime technology and life sciences and health.