U.S. warns Germany against using technology of China's Huawei

U.S. warns Germany against using technology of China's Huawei

U.S. warns Germany against using technology of China's Huawei

While the U.S. 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".

A USA embassy spokesperson told AFP on Monday it would not comment on diplomatic communications, but added that its position on 5G network security was well known.

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. Huawei denies these claims.

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

In the letter to Germany's economics minister dated last Friday, Mr Grenell said secure communications systems are essential for defence and intelligence co-operation, and that firms like Huawei could compromise this.

The guidelines also stipulate that networks should use components from several manufacturers; the agency said that these rules would apply to all vendors equally, not singling out Huawei Technologies.

Huawei has been accused of being obliged to pass on information to the Chinese government, but has rejected the accusations.

According to the newspaper, which had access to the letter, U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell wrote that U.S.

Tensions have also run high over the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is facing possible extradition to the US on allegations she committed financial fraud in the course of allegedly violating worldwide sanctions on Iran.

Earlier, Berlin made a decision to continue using Huawei gear to launch the next generation 5G network but with tighter security standards and measures. Italy and Japan are reportedly considering the same move.

Huawei has in recent months met with over 200 politicians to try and smooth over security fears, he added.

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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