Avoid China-made telecommunication equipment: U.S. to allies

The United States is pushing allies to avoid using telecommunication equipment made by Chinese Companies, including Huawei Technologies, citing heightened cybersecurity risks.

Following perceptions of threats from espionage, the U.S. government is persuading internet providers and wireless operators in allied countries to avoid sourcing equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, U.S. officials have reached out to their counterparts in friendly countries where Huawei already has a presence and has apprised them of cybersecurity risks.

Of late, Huawei has come under scrutiny in the United States.

Intelligence agencies across several countries have cited national security concerns, including that of espionage, posed by Chinese companies.

In fact, Washington has been considering boosting the financial aid for the development of telecommunications in countries that shun Chinese-made equipment.

These concerns are all the more important in countries where the United States has military bases, such as Italy, Germany, and Japan.

A spokesman from the U.S. Department of Commerce stated, the U.S. would remain vigilant against any threat to U.S. national security.

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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