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The US is calling on its allies to embarrass China by boycotting the second biggest phone maker in the world

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  • The US government wants to persuade its allies to shun
    China’s Huawei, the second biggest phone maker in the
    world.
  • Officials have briefed counterparts in countries
    including Germany, Italy, and Japan about the potential
    cybersecurity risks Huawei poses, according to The Wall Street
    Journal.
  • Intelligence leaders are concerned that Huawei and
    other Chinese companies may be beholden to the Chinese
    government.

(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
situation.

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.

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