Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The comments came after the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that the US raised the issue of Chinese firms' involvement, particularly the telecommunications giant Huawei, in a construction of the 5G network in a letter to the German economy minister.

Germany reportedly relies on USA intelligence to combat terrorism, so the threat of decreased collaboration in this area carries significant weight.

Huawei has repeatedly denied that it would do anything of the sort and has pointed out that the USA government has not produced any evidence to suggest otherwise.

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

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.

Also on USA advises Italy to steer clear of China's new Silk Road... because it's a National Security issue? The ambassador named Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung among the companies that can help build the 5G network. Pence accused Huawei to be connected with Chinese intelligence and thus, being capable of becoming a potential threat to the national security.

The warning came in a recent letter from the United States ambassador to Germany seen by the Wall Street Journal.

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"Because 5G networks are largely software-defined, updates pushed to the network by the manufacturer can radically change how they operate", Marquis told CNN.

While the USA embassy in Berlin would not confirm that a message was sent, the German Federal Economics Ministry did tell the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ - auf deutsch) that the letter had been received and would be "answered promptly".

The US, Australia and New Zealand have all blocked local firms from using Huawei to provide the technology for their 5G networks.

The German Economy Ministry confirmed that the letter had been received.

Along with worries about network security, U.S. prosecutors have charged Huawei and its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, over alleged Iran sanctions violations, and Beijing and Washington are trying to settle a tariff war affecting a wide range of goods.

Last week, Huawei filed a lawsuit against the us for restricting its agencies from the use of Huawei products, saying a law signed by President Donald Trump in August 2018 that barred it and fellow Chinese company ZTE from use in government work is unconstitutional.

The US is going too far.

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