US To Germany: Cut Off Plans With Huawei Or Lose US Intelligence

US To Germany: Cut Off Plans With Huawei Or Lose US Intelligence

US To Germany: Cut Off Plans With Huawei Or Lose US Intelligence

Following reports that Huawei is suing the U.S. government, the Trump administration has informed the German government it will limit its intelligence sharing if it allows Huawei to build Germany's 5G infrastructure.

Most of Europe's security agencies heavily rely on United States intelligence to fight terrorism, and the move of Trump's administration to deny access to the information to Germany is a massive blow against the country's anti-terrorism efforts. The company was threatened by worldwide economic sanctions after the USA and Australia accused it of industrial espionage and collecting classified data with its equipment used in countries all over the world. Those are Finnish firm Nokia, South Korean outfit Samsung, Chinese firm Huawei, Swedish corporation Ericsson, and American outfit Cisco.

In Germany, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday on a ZDF talk show that Germany did not want to ban Huawei but said that Berlin will change the law to ensure that all components used in the 5G networks will be secure.

"An official from the German Economic Ministry dismissed the letter from Grenell, saying that it included no new information and reiterating that there was no evidence to support us claims that Huawei posed a risk", Asia Times reported on Monday.

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The U.S. has additional concerns about the use of Chinese personnel, such as whether Huawei will allow oversight from security services, according to the paper.

The U.S. has been pushing back against China's technological expansion by asking that other countries refuse to adopt Huawei's 5G infrastructure, which Washington says poses security threats. "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".

"The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has indeed received a letter; there is no comment on its content from their side".

The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada at USA request, to the consternation of China.

The US is going too far.

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