THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA has sent a warning to Germany, with consequences threatened if it decides to allow Huawei's equipment in its 5G networks.
The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, wrote to the German government last week, warning that if it decided to adopt Huawei's 5G infrastructure, it would make it difficult for the US to confidently share intelligence data.
The rift between the tech giant and the Trump White House has escalated in recent weeks, with Huawei announcing last week that it would be suing the US government for the effective ban of its handsets in the US, describing the lack of due process as "unconstitutional".
The US has been using its clout to try and persuade other countries that it should boycott the company as it has done.
Germany is yet to make a decision on Huawei's future in the country, and the letter contains warnings that the levels of intelligence sharing between the allies would be scuppered, as the US fears the integrity of such information travelling through systems which it believes could be compromised by the Chinese authorities.
Huawei is already under scrutiny in several countries who have followed the US lead. Here in Blighty, a decision will be taken in April after a full investigation, but the wing of GCHQ that has been investigating Huawei has already said that there is still no evidence of any wrong-doing by the company.
Leading telecoms provider BT has already said that it won't be using Huawei products and will actively remove existing 4G infrastructure provided by the company.
Huawei is on a major charm offensive in the US and has already taken out full-page advertisements debunking the claims from the White House, and has escalated its programme of inviting journalists to visit its campus in Shenzhen - something that INQ took advantage of back in 2016. μ
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