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Vienna — Huawei is to open a smartphone flagship store in Vienna, its first such outlet outside China, as part of a charm offensive in Europe where its future hangs in the balance. The world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment is under scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and US-led allegations of enabling state espionage, with Washington asking allies not to use Huawei’s technology. Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations and did again at a news conference in Vienna on Thursday. Joe Kelly, vice-president of corporate communications said at the news conference: “We have never been asked by any government or any authority anywhere in the world ... to do anything that would compromise or jeopardise ... the security of customer networks. If we ever are asked to do so, we will refuse.” Huawei has deals with all three major Austrian telecoms groups: A1 Telekom Austria, controlled by Mexico’s América Móvil; Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile Austria; a...

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