Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

US officials declined to say whether other countries have received or would receive similar warnings.

The participation of Chinese telecommunications equipment producer Huawei in the development of the German telecommunications sector will be discussed with European Union and U.S. partners, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated.

Although Huawei has repeatedly denied been used by by Chinese Government, and even challenged the United States govt to publicly release evidence backing up its claims, all that has fallen on deaf ears as the USA government has asked its allies to cut their relationships with Huawei. Yet its technology is widely deployed by a number of small, federally-subsidized wireless carriers that buy cheaper Chinese-made hardware to place atop their cell towers.

The battle with Huawei is one of many conflicts in Washington's disputes with China, but it is also exacerbating tensions in US-German ties that are strained over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and trade.

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Reportedly, Huawei has no plans to sue the Australian government, for now. As CNBC reports, both the 2017 National Intelligence Law and the 2014 Counter-Espionage Law mandate that Chinese firms comply with state security efforts.

Ongoing concerns in the U.S. about Chinese company Huawei have spread to Germany, where security agencies have been warned that they'll be cut off from certain intelligence data if Huawei equipment is used as part of the nation's 5G infrastructure. "The 5G networks our allies buy won't be the networks that they eventually operate, as the software could be changed on a moment-to-moment basis by the manufacturer". "There will be a quick reply". A different German security official told the paper he had received a less aggressive line from his equivalents stateside, so it's possible that the ambassador's notice was more bark than bite. While the U.S., Japan, Australia and New Zealand have recently banned Huawei technology from their 5G networks, Germany has not followed suit.

Last week, it filed a lawsuit against the USA government over a ban that restricts federal agencies from using its products, arguing it is "unconstitutional".

Essentially, the lawsuit is daring USA intelligence services to put up or shut up.

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