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German foreign minister warns over Huawei’s state ties

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday questioned whether the country should allow Huawei access to its fifth-generation wireless network rollout because the company is compelled to hand information over to the Chinese government, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: The remarks came just weeks after German authorities drafted security guidelines calling for would-be suppliers to 5G network operators to pledge that they won’t reveal data to their home governments under legal pressure, a strong sign that Berlin may exclude Huawei from its 5G network build.

The guidelines require 5G equipment suppliers to submit a document self-declaring their trustworthiness.

The German government documents echo an earlier report by the European Union which warned “hostile third countries” may force 5G suppliers to facilitate cyberattacks serving their own national interests.

Details: Maas told reporters in Berlin that Huawei was a company dependent on the Chinese state due to its national security laws.

A 2017 law requires organizations and citizens to “support, assist and cooperate with the state intelligence work.”

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