United States warns Germany against using Huawei tech

US sent a warning to Germany to cut off future plans with Huawei 5G tech or lose U.S. intelligence access

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

"An official from the German Economic Ministry dismissed the letter from Grenell, saying that it included no new information and reiterating that there was no evidence to support USA claims that Huawei posed a risk", Asia Times reported on Monday.

US Ambassador Richard Grenell issued the warning in a letter to German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier dated Friday, the Journal reported.

The Wall Street Journal noted Grenell's letter is the first time the USA government has expressly threatened repercussions for American allies that purchase Huawei equipment.

The United States on Monday warned Germany that sensitive communications could be compromised if "untrusted vendors" were used within its 5G telecom infrastructure, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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The central concern appears to be that if Huawei networking gear is used in German 5G networks, then they will no longer be secure against Chinese intrusion.

While the prospects of trade deal fluctuate daily, the technology cold war between the US and China continues to escalate.

While the USA embassy in Berlin would not confirm that a message was sent, the German Federal Economics Ministry did tell the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ - auf deutsch) that the letter had been received and would be "answered promptly".

Grenell said in his letter that Chinese companies, under Chinese law, can be required to support China's security agencies and that inspections of Huawei software could not ensure there were no vulnerabilities, the newspaper said. As CNBC reports, both the 2017 National Intelligence Law and the 2014 Counter-Espionage Law mandate that Chinese firms comply with state security efforts.

The year ended with the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada at USA request, to the consternation of China.

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