US 'warns Germany a Huawei deal could hurt intelligence sharing'

US 'warns Germany a Huawei deal could hurt intelligence sharing'

US 'warns Germany a Huawei deal could hurt intelligence sharing'

Washington is continuing to twist the arms of its European allies to discourage economic cooperation with its biggest geopolitical rival, China.

U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell last week sent a letter to Germany's Economy Minister Altmaier warning of security concerns linked to Huawei's role in building critical infrastructure.

Currently, the USA plans to continue sharing its intelligence with Germany, but officials reportedly plan to decrease the extent of access if Huawei equipment is in use in the future. American intelligence agencies like the NSA are an essential source of information for their German counterparts, which operate under stricter regulations in relation to spying, especially domestically. Huawei and other Chinese companies have been under fire from the Trump administration following several accusations including allegations of been used by the Chinese government for espionage.

In an interview with business daily Handelsblatt, Huawei's chief for West Europe, Vincent Pang, said the USA warning went too far. Here, a billboard for the Chinese telecom giant is seen in the Berlin Hauptbahnhof railway station.

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The Wall Street Journal reported Monday on the contents of Ambassador Grenell's letter to the German government.

U.S. officials have grown increasingly exasperated about what they see as Germany's naivety about potential Chinese security threats.

Huawei recently filed a lawsuit against the USA government for labeling it a security risk and limiting its access to the American market. It's a drastic step by United States officials who have repeatedly cited concerns about national security and Chinese telecommunications equipment.

While Huawei founder Ren Zhengei insists his company will not install backdoors in its 5G products, experts say the company is required by law to do so if China's government demands it.

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