Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

The US urges Germany to reject Huawei's bid for its 5G network

The US urges Germany to reject Huawei's bid for its 5G network

The United States government has accused Huawei of being a Trojan horse for the Chinese Communist government that poses a risk in cybersecurity through its 5G technology. The company was threatened by global economic sanctions after the U.S. and Australia accused it of industrial espionage and collecting classified data with its equipment used in countries all over the world.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that U.S. ambassador Richard Grenell had warned that Washington could scale back intelligence and other information exchanges with Berlin if Huawei technology was built into Germany's 5G telecoms infrastructure.

Germany announced on March 7 that it wouldn't ban any company from bidding on 5G contracts.

The rift between the tech giant and the Trump White House has escalated in recent weeks, with Huawei announcing last week that it would be suing the U.S. government for the effective ban of its handsets in the USA, describing the lack of due process as "unconstitutional".

Germany, like other European Union countries, has relied heavily on U.S. intelligence on terror and other threats provided by the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and other spy services.

Germany is opening bids for its 5G infrastructure project next week.

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.

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No response has since been released regarding the extent of what covers the intelligence reports that will be denied nor whether the same warning was also given to other countries.

The US has been using its clout to try and persuade other countries that it should boycott the company as it has done. According to a German interior ministry official familiar of the matter, the full list of conditions would be published six to eight weeks from now. But suspicions have increased enough that the company's founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei, tried to quash them earlier this year, when he said, "No law requires any company in China to install mandatory backdoors".

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