US Increases Pressure for Germany to Stop Using Huawei Technology

If Germany builds its 5G network using Huawei, the U.S. will either stop or limit the intelligence it shares.

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Following up on an old dispute and it should not end too soon, the US government has increased the pressure for allied countries to stop using Huawei’s Chinese technology in its infrastructures. The information is from The Wall Street Journal.

According to the publication, the US government may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if the European country continues to use Huawei equipment in the implementation of its future 5G network. These details were in a letter sent by the US ambassador to the German minister of economy.

In recent years, the administration of President Donald Trump has been trying to persuade several countries to stop using equipment from Chinese companies. The allegation is that such infrastructure could be used by China to spy on other nations’ communications and obtain secrets and leave countries susceptible to cyber-attacks.

Last week, Huawei officially announced that it had opened a lawsuit against the United States government. According to the company, the US government accuses the brand of being a global security threat, acting as a spy for China in other countries, violating trade bans with countries with Iran and even installing spy components or software on telecommunications devices.

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While some US allies, such as Australia and New Zealand, have followed the recommendation, many European countries question the fact that the US has not provided any public proof that such security breaches actually exist.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that German government was strongly focused on the security of the company’s digital networks, including the 5G mobile infrastructure, but Berlin would keep its own counsel.

“Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves,” Merkel said.

She said the German government would confer its apprehensions with its partners in Europe, “as well as the appropriate offices in the United States.”

Tensions between Huawei and the US rose after Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer and daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested in Canada on charges of financial fraud and violation of trade sanctions.

Shortly after that, the company, which claims to be innocent, has announced that it will file a lawsuit against the US government on the grounds that prohibiting the use of its equipment would be unconstitutional.

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