US Tells Germany To Drop Huawei, Or Else

14 March, 2019, 07:16 | Author: Carlos George
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On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported the United States had warned Germany about future "information sharing" if it uses "untrusted vendors" in its 5G infrastructure. Huawei and other Chinese companies have been under fire from the Trump administration following several accusations including allegations of been used by the Chinese government for espionage.

According to the Wall Street Journal, US Ambassador Richard A. Grenell sent a letter to the German economy minister, which said that Berlin should discriminate against Chinese companies like Huawei when selecting providers of 5G equipment to upgrade its networks.

The same official also raised the issue of a recent lawsuit filed by Huawei against the U.S. government, alleging that a ban was unconstitutional for targeting the firm without evidence.

Europe's security agencies relied heavily on United States intelligence to stop terrorist attacks, the Journal noted.

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Up to now, Germany has rebuffed any USA attempts to sway it into barring Huawei from participating in the development of its next-generation networks, as Washington and some of its allies did earlier over the company's alleged ties to Chinese intelligence and suspected involvement in commercial espionage. Hence, the Chinese tech company is credible to bid for the country's 5G project.

Allies share information for defence and intelligence cooperation, and companies such as Huawei or ZTE can compromise the confidentiality of such communication, the USA ambassador wrote in the letter.

USA officials have grown increasingly exasperated about what they see as Germany's naivety about potential Chinese security threats.

Also on rt.com USA advises Italy to steer clear of China's new Silk Road... because it's a National Security issue? "The 5G networks our allies buy won't be the networks that they eventually operate, as the software could be changed on a moment-to-moment basis by the manufacturer". And other countries have issued security warnings about Huawei and China, including the Czech Republic and Lithuania. But suspicions have increased enough that the company's founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, tried to quash them earlier this year, when he said, "No law requires any company in China to install mandatory backdoors".

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