US warns Germany it will share less intelligence over Huawei

US warns Germany that using Huawei equipment will affect intelligence sharing

The US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has warned the German government that Washington will limit intelligence sharing with German security agencies if the country lets Chinese telecoms giant Huawei be part of its 5G mobile network, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the German business daily Handelsblatt, the minister's spokesman confirmed that they had received the letter, but did not reveal any details of its content, saying it would be studied and replied to.

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA has sent a warning to Germany, with consequences threatened if it decides to allow Huawei's equipment in its 5G networks.

Huawei has denied that it spies for China.

Grenell said in his letter that Chinese companies, under Chinese law, can be required to support China's security agencies and that inspections of Huawei software could not ensure there were no vulnerabilities, the newspaper said.

Zhengfei said he wouldn't harm his customers' interests or his company's prospects. 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.

USA intelligence officials have been issuing warnings for years that Huawei technology could possibly be co-opted by the Chinese government for espionage purposes, though they have never publicly released hard evidence and Huawei has repeatedly issued denials.

Tensions have also run high over the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is facing possible extradition to the USA on allegations she committed financial fraud in the course of allegedly violating global sanctions on Iran. -China trade talks to resolve ongoing trade disputes.

Security concerns have led Australia to completely ban the company's technology and New Zealand has moved to partially restrict it.

The move of United States to restrict Germany's access to its intelligence is a massive blow in Germany's security community, as it's a primal consumer of U.S. intelligence from the National Security Agency and other USA intelligence reporters in curbing terrorism.

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