United States 'warns Germany to drop Huawei'

United States 'warns Germany to drop Huawei'

United States 'warns Germany to drop Huawei'

While the embassy would not confirm the report, a spokesman told AFP that "untrusted vendors in the networks of an ally. could raise future questions about the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive communications".

The US and several other Western nations, fearful of the security risks posed by the company closely tied to the Chinese government, have shut Huawei out of tenders for the development of the newest 5G infrastructure. Huawei denies these claims.

Grenell specifically addressed this point by warning that Chinese law requires all corporations to support Chinese spy agencies upon demand, so there is no way to permanently ensure the security of Huawei products by inspecting them at the time of purchase.

The letter said companies like Huawei could compromise secure and confidential communications in defense and intelligence cooperation, including within North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The correspondence added that if Germany uses Huawei or any other form of Chinese equipment in its next-generation mobile network the USA would not be able to maintain its current levels of security cooperation. Instead, he said, the country plans to "change its laws to guarantee all components used in the 5G networks are secure", as Deutsche Welle reports.

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

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and USA ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell pose for the media during a reception of the diplomatic corps at the German governmental guest house in Meseberg.

The tech company says the ban violates the Constitution's Bill of Attainder clause - which, as NPR's Matthew Schwartz reported, "prohibits Congress from singling out a company or individual for punishment without a trial".

The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada at U.S. request, to the consternation of China. Meng appeared in a Canadian court last week; an extradition hearing is set for May 8 - a date that falls within U.S. Huawei and ZTE already face restrictions on the American domestic market, while United States officials are leaning on other nations to exclude China from the lucrative upgrade of wireless infrastructure to 5G standard. Italy and Japan are reportedly considering the same move.

The US has been using its clout to try and persuade other countries that it should boycott the company as it has done.

In January, Poland's Internal Security Agency arrested a Huawei executive on suspicion of spying for China, in a case that centers on the telecom company Orange Polska.

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