U.S. warns Germany over use of 'untrusted vendors' in 5G network

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

"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 US claims that Huawei posed a risk", Asia Times reported on Monday.

Grenell sent his letter the day after German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Germany wishes to avoid banning Huawei but will ensure all of the components in its 5G network are secure.

On 11 March, the Wall Street Journal reported that the United States ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, had warned German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier in a letter that the U.S. administration would limit intelligence data sharing with the German government if Huawei was allowed to participate in the development of German telecommunications infrastructure.

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The letter, which was dated Friday and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, marks the first known time the US has explicitly warned an ally that refusing to ostracise Huawei could lessen security cooperation with Washington.

In an interview with business daily Handelsblatt, Huawei's chief for West Europe, Vincent Pang, said the US warning went too far. Huawei and other Chinese companies have been under fire from the Trump administration following several accusations including allegations of been used by the Chinese government for espionage.

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.

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

Tensions have also run high over the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is facing possible extradition to the USA on allegations she committed financial fraud in the course of allegedly violating global sanctions on Iran.

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