US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has reportedly warned the German government that Washington might limit intelligence sharing with Berlin if the latter allows Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co.to build its next generation 5G mobile network.
Along with most European countries, Germany's security agencies are heavily reliant on USA intelligence to fight terrorism.
The Chinese telecoms behemoth has strenuously denied allegations its equipment could be used for espionage.
US officials declined to say whether other countries have received or would receive similar warnings.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA has sent a warning to Germany, with consequences threatened if it decides to allow Huawei's equipment in its 5G networks.
Last week, Huawei sued the us government for banning federal agencies from purchasing Huawei equipment - a restriction in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Although Huawei has repeatedly denied been used by by Chinese Government, and even challenged the United States govt to publicly release evidence backing up its claims, all that has fallen on deaf ears as the U.S. government has asked its allies to cut their relationships with Huawei.
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The locus of the US's - and Australia's - concern is the potential threat of Huawei sharing consumer's private data with the Chinese government.
According to the German business daily Handelsblatt, the minister's spokesman confirmed that they had received the letter, but did not reveal any details of its content, saying it would be studied and replied to.
The company's 5G equipment is reputed to be much further advanced than those of rivals Ericsson and Nokia, which has made it attractive for mobile operators looking to quickly roll out new networks.
Last week, Huawei filed a lawsuit against the USA for restricting its agencies from the use of Huawei products, saying a law signed by President Donald Trump in August 2018 that barred it and fellow Chinese company ZTE from use in government work is unconstitutional.