US Government Warns Allies Not to Use Huawei Products

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"Huawei is trusted by governments and customers in 170 countries worldwide and poses no greater cybersecurity risk than any ICT vendor, sharing as we do common global supply chains and production capabilities".

The battle begun in 2012 when United States policymakers considered both Huawei and ZTE to be threats for National Security.

The outreach over Huawei comes as the world shifts to adapt to the US's new confrontational posture against China.

The U.S. has apparently warned other countries not to use equipment from Huawei. However, officials who are familiar with the matter told WSJ that the security risks arising from Chinese telecom-network equipment have existed even before Trump administration took over.

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United States officials also told the outlet that the administration is considering offering financial aid to countries that step up and block Huawei.

ZTE Corp is another Chinese company that has been in trouble with Washington, and the company's value has almost halved this year after the U.S. government prohibited American firms selling parts to it. ZTE ended up settling for $1.4 billion to lift the ban. And while that's a pretty big blow to Huawei, things may be getting worse if a new report from The Wall Street Journal evolves into action from certain countries. Huawei holds a 22% share of the global telecom equipment market, but they've been largely shut out of the US market already.

Earlier in August this year, Australia has banned two Chinese firms, Huawei and ZTE from providing 5G technology for the country on the ground of security concerns. No evidence has ever been made public and company links to the Chinese government are tenuous.

The warnings come as many countries prepare to roll out 5G, which Huawei provides tech for. They are also thought to have contacted counterparts in Britain. "There are additional complexities to 5G networks that make them more vulnerable to cyberattacks". The U.S. government has also advised its own citizens to avoid smartphones from the Chinese company, saying they could be used to spy on users.

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