In the opinion of Cui Hongjian, an academic at the International Research Institute, the investigation will be a waste of time because it follows suspicions from Lithuania, which if true, then the problems would have been detected earlier in a country as developed as Germany.
However, he drew attention to the political nature of Berlin’s move, because it faces pressures within the European Union (EU) due to concerns about China.
Ma Jihua, a technology expert, spoke along similar lines, although he foresaw a blow to firms such as Xiaomi regarding consumer confidence in the EU.
According to him, users could stop buying Chinese equipment until the results of the investigations are known, and he specifically suggested Xiaomi to reexamine its strategy in the European market, where it enjoys an expanding growth.
The day before, the German government confirmed the development of the investigation into the level of cybersecurity in that brand’s Mi 10T 5G cell phones, the Huawei P40 5G and the OnePlus 8T 5G.
Previously, Lithuania accused those models of censoring the search for content linked to Tibet or Taiwan, but Xioami denied such remarks and assured the respect of regulations to operate in the European market.