US Might Punish Germany For Using Huawei

14 March, 2019, 07:15 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
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In the letter, Grenell warned the Germans their access to USA intelligence could be scaled back if they use Huawei equipment, which the us argues could be compromised by Chinese intelligence.

Among other things, European security agencies have relied heavily on US intelligence in the fight against terrorism.

Huawei has strenuously denied allegations its equipment could be used for espionage.

In an interview with business daily Handelsblatt, Huawei's chief for West Europe, Vincent Pang, said the USA warning went too far.

The US has been lobbying its allies to boycott Huawei due to national security risks. Those are Finnish firm Nokia, South Korean outfit Samsung, Chinese firm Huawei, Swedish corporation Ericsson, and American outfit Cisco.

The US believes that allowing the Chinese company Huawei to construct and maintain 5G networks will give the Chinese government a backdoor into communications surveillance. Pence accused Huawei to be connected with Chinese intelligence and thus, being capable of becoming a potential threat to the national security.

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The United States on Monday warned Germany that sensitive communications could be compromised if "untrusted vendors" were used within its 5G telecom infrastructure, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

German minister Altmaier confirmed he had received the letter, but told AFP he could not comment on its contents, adding: "We will respond quickly". "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".

Earlier, Berlin made a decision to continue using Huawei gear to launch the next generation 5G network but with tighter security standards and measures.

Germany, although it is Europe's leading economy, has seen its mobile infrastructure lag behind, with most Germans having access only to 3G.

The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada at United States request, to the consternation of China. The company said it had a "solid track record in cybersecurity" and further accused the USA of breaking into its corporate systems, stealing information.

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