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US Warning To Germany About Intelligence Sharing Over Huawei Ban


03/14/2019




US Warning To Germany About Intelligence Sharing Over Huawei Ban
Following a number of back door requests and persuasion about not allowing Chinese tech firm Huawei doing any business in Germany, United States now has openly issued an ultimatum to its known ally. The US has warned German authorities that it would reduce the amount in critical; intelligence that it sends to the country if Berlin continues to allow Huawei to function in the country and if the Chinese company is allowed to participate in the construction of the 5G network in the country.
 
Huawei, along with its Chinese counterpart ZTE, has been at the centre of a storm especially in Western countries after the US alleged that the telecom components supplied by the company could be put to use for spying by Chinese agencies.
 
The latest warning from the US to Germany was issued through a letter sent to Germany by the US ambassador to the country and the letter has been reportedly viewed by the Wall Street Journal.
 
Apart from Germany, the US has been urging all of its traditional allies to ban Huawei from their countries on the pretext of threat to the national security of those countries. All such allegations against it brought in by multiple governments and agencies of the West have been refuted by the Chinese company and recently, it also filed a law suit against the US government for banning the company in the country.
 
In case Germany continues to allow Huawei or other Chinese companies to take part in the construction of the next-generation 5G mobile network in the country, the US would not be able to maintain the current level of operation with security agencies for Germany, US ambassador Richard Grenell reportedly said ion the letter as reported first by the Wall Street Journal.
 
Secure communications systems are critical for defence and intelligence co-operation, said the US ambassador to the economics minister of Germany in the letter. The ambassador also mentioned that Chinese companies such as Huawei could compromise the defence and intelligence co-operation between the two countries.
 
Apart from the US, Huawei has also been banned from participating in the construction of 5G networks and providing its equipment and technology by the governments in Australia and New Zealand.
 
Huawei has alleged that the US allegations against it is a "smear" campaign by the US and in recent months the Chinese company has embarked upon an aggressive path to counter the allegations through advertising and recently filing a legal suit against decision of the US government in a US court. The suit asks the US government to provide the basis for banning the company equipment and technology from being used by federal agencies in the US. The company has alleged that the decision was "unconstitutional."
 
Huawei has also taken out ads in the foreign press and invited foreign journalists to visit its campuses. Through a gull page advertisement recently in the Wall Street Journal, the company has also urged Americans not to "believe everything you hear."
 
(Source:www.bbc.com)






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