Those worries came as the U.S. and some of its European allies recently clashed on issues such as Huawei’s role in 5G development — something the administration of President Donald Trump considered contentious.
But it would be a mistake if the Trump administration decided to impose additional tariffs on European products because of such differences, according to Anthony Gardner, who served as American ambassador to the EU from 2014 to 2017.
“That would be a mistake, if that is the position that Washington is going to take, that is a mistake. And the fundamental reason is that when you look at our common concerns — the U.S. and European concerns about China — we probably agree on 90 percent,” Gardner told CNBC’s Martin Soong on Tuesday at the Credit Suisse Global Supertrends Conference in Singapore.
Gardner had been asked whether the differing stance between the U.S. and some European countries on Huawei could result in trade penalties.
Trump had reportedly pressured American allies to bar Huawei from building 5G infrastructure, warning that the tech company’s equipment could be used for espionage by the Chinese government. But European nations such as Germany have not excluded Huawei from their national plans for 5G.