Munich, Germany (CNN) Defense Secretary Mark Esper called on the international community to “wake up to the challenges presented by China,” telling an audience of world leaders and top policymakers on Saturday that America’s concerns about China should also be Europe’s concerns. “It is essential that we — as an international community — wake up to the challenges presented by China’s manipulation of the long-standing international, rules-based order,” Esper said, adding that China is now the Pentagon’s top concern . The Trump administration had been pressing European allies for a total ban on Huawei products , alleging that Beijing could use the equipment for snooping. […] German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also been reluctant to exclude specific providers from the country’s 5G networks. […] Europe moves to secure 5G networks but won’t ban Huawei He added that China’s “growing economic, military, and diplomatic power” has often manifested itself in “threatening and coercive” ways, and he called on China to abide by international norms.
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