US Warns Germany to Curb Intelligence Sharing in Case of Huawei Deal
The US has warned Germany that it would limit its intelligence sharing with the countries that allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to participate in its 5G communications network.
Richard Grenell, US Ambassador to Germany, sent a letter to the German government last week threatening to reduce German access to US intelligence, if the European country plans to conduct business with Huawei.
Germany had announced on March 7 that it wouldn’t stop any company from bidding on 5G communications contracts.
“The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy has indeed received a letter; there is no comment on its content from their side. There will be a quick reply,” said Matthias Wehler, spokesperson at the German embassy in DC.
The warning letter that was first reported by the Wall Street Journal also included a warning by Vice President Mike Pence. Pence accused Huawei to be connected with Chinese intelligence and thus, being capable of becoming a potential threat to the national security.
Grenell, in a letter dated last Friday, told Germany’s economics minister that secure communications systems are crucial for intelligence cooperation, and that firms like Huawei or other Chinese firms could compromise these safety standards.
The US has been trying to persuade its allies to ban Huawei in their respective countries as it is a threat to national security. The issue has been straining the relation between the US and some of its allies and has also become a topic of distress between the already strain US-China relations.
The US, New Zealand and Australia have blocked all local firms from using Huawei to provide network for 5G communications.
China and Huawei have pushed back on the US charges. The firm, last week, also filed a lawsuit against the US government over the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits federal agencies from buying the telecom giant’s products, arguing its “unconstitutional”.
The firm also took out ads in the foreign press and invited journalists from around the world to visit its buildings. A full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, told the Americans “Don’t believe everything you hear”.
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