U.S. Reportedly Urges Allies to Stop Use of Chinese Internet Equipment

Virginia Carson
November 25, 2018

The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter, reported that the USA government had reached out to counterparts and executives in countries including Germany, Italy and Japan about perceived cybersecurity risks from Huawei equipment.

In recent weeks, American officials are trying to convince other countries not to use the telecommunication equipment of Chinese company Huawei.

U.S. officials have contacted the governments of friendly nations including Japan, Italy and Germany to warn them about alleged risk of using Huawei devices.

Apparently, the latest warnings come due to US concerns over the use of equipment from China in countries with USA military bases.

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The Wall Street Journal said that Washington is thinking of increasing financial aid for telecommunications development in countries that shun Chinese-made equipment.

Huawei has long been labeled a security risk by US lawmakers because of alleged links to the Chinese government, in part because it was founded by former military engineer Ren Zhengfei (任正非).

The Journal reported that so far, the United States has briefed Germany, Italy, and Japan.

The White House is said to believe that Beijing could be conducting cyberattacks and espionage using telecom equipment from Chinese firms, including Huawei.

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Some key USA allies have already put Huawei under the microscope. Authorities have already banned government use of Huawei gear inside the United States. Today a new report from Wall Street reveals that the us lawmakers have chose to extend its warning to all of its allies.

Over the last few years, both Huawei and ZTE have denied that their products collect information for the Chinese government.

The letter was sent some months after USA lawmakers who recommended Canada to take the manufacturer as a threat for national security.

"A company might have the best of intentions-work hard, foster a good reputation, make a profit-but this law undercuts those intentions by making it clear that Chinese organisations are expected to support, cooperate with and collaborate in national intelligence work", Cave said. "If a government's behavior extends beyond its jurisdiction, such activity should not be encouraged".

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