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 US has been using its clout to try and persuade other countries that it should boycott the company as it has done. -German cooperation could only continue at its current level if Chinese firms were excluded from the construction of the network.
In Germany, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday on a ZDF talk show that Germany did not want to ban Huawei but said that Berlin will change the law to ensure that all components used in the 5G networks will be secure.
Michael Grosse-Broemer, a conservative leader in parliament, said Germany was competent to address its own security, adding, "There is no need for pointers from the USA ambassador".
The Chinese telecoms behemoth has strenuously denied the espionage allegations.
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This letter marks the first official warning from the U.S. that refusing to ban Huawei could result in a lack of security co-operation with Washington - including on matters relating to terrorism. "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 is no comment on its content from their side".
Germany, although it is Europe's leading economy, has seen its mobile infrastructure lag behind, with most Germans having access only to 3G. 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. Australia and New Zealand are complying, banning domestic companies from using Huawei gear in their networks.
The firm has pushed back against claims it poses a security threat including suing the USA government.
The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada at U.S. request, to the consternation of China. The company said it had a "solid track record in cybersecurity" and further accused the US of breaking into its corporate systems, stealing information.