United States warns Germany over use of 'untrusted vendors' in 5G network

The U.S. has warned Germany about possible repercussions of using Huawei in its upcoming 5G mobile network citing security concerns. Here a billboard for the Chinese telecom giant is seen in the Berlin Hauptbahnhof railway station

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"This could in the future jeopardize nimble cooperation and some sharing of information".

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An embassy spokesman declined to comment specifically on a Wall Street Journal report about the United States government's first explicit warning to Germany of consequences if China's Huawei Technologies Co gets a role in Germany's next-generation mobile infrastructure.

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According to the newspaper, which had access to the letter, U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell wrote that U.S.

We are not sure if the German communications regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) will yield to Washington's warning as the country's federal cybersecurity agency has already rolled out the country's 5G security requirements, the requirements are quite strict, but not a complete and specific restrict on Huawei.

The concern appears to revolve around the potential for Huawei equipment to be used by China for espionage.

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Last week, Germany said it didn't want to ban Huawei from building its 5G network, noting that it'd tighten security around all vendors instead, Reuters reported.

A spokesman for Altmaier said a letter had been received from the embassy, and the ministry would respond in a timely manner.

"A USA embassy spokesman told NPR in a statement that he would not comment on the contents of the letter", NPR's Joanna Kakissis reports from Munich.

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In an interview with business daily Handelsblatt, Huawei's chief for West Europe, Vincent Pang, said the US warning went too far. Just last week, the Italian government received a rebuke from a senior U.S. security official for saying it would discuss with Beijing possible participation in China's Belt and Road Initiative - a major infrastructure project meant to improve links between the country and its major suppliers and markets.

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