- The US government wants to persuade its allies to shun
China’s Huawei, the second biggest phone maker in the
- Officials have briefed counterparts in countries
including Germany, Italy, and Japan about the potential
cybersecurity risks Huawei poses, according to The Wall Street
- Intelligence leaders are concerned that Huawei and
other Chinese companies may be beholden to the Chinese
(Reuters) – The US government is trying to persuade wireless and
internet providers in allied countries to avoid
telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies,
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
US officials have reached out to their government counterparts
and telecom executives in friendly countries where Huawei
equipment is already in wide use about what they see as
cybersecurity risks, according to the WSJ
report, which cited unnamed people familiar with the
Huawei has come under scrutiny in the United States recently.
Intelligence agency leaders and others have said they are
concerned that Huawei and other Chinese companies may be beholden
to the Chinese government or ruling Communist Party, raising the
risk of espionage.
Washington has been considering increasing financial aid for
telecommunications development in countries that shun
Chinese-made equipment, the WSJ reported.
One of the government’s concerns is based on the use of Chinese
telecom equipment in countries that host US military bases,
such as Germany, Italy and Japan, the report added.
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.