USA to Germany: We’ll cut intelligence sharing over Chinese 5G help

US orders Germany to dump Huawei

But Huawei's 5G equipment is reputed to much further advanced than those of rivals Ericsson and Nokia, which has made it attractive for mobile operators looking to quickly roll out new networks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday Berlin would consult Washington over using technology made by China's Huawei in future mobile phone networks, following reports of U.S. threats to reduce intelligence cooperation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and U.S. ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell pose for the media during a reception of the diplomatic corps at the German governmental guest house in Meseberg. A German security official said the situation is more nuanced, noting that the US didn't provide evidence to back up its Huawei warnings.

The US has been lobbying its allies to boycott Huawei due to national security risks.

The U.S. has been pushing back against China's technological expansion by asking that other countries refuse to adopt Huawei's 5G infrastructure, which Washington says poses security threats.

Neither the US State Department, the German economics minister nor Huawei immediately responded to requests for comment.

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"Because 5G networks are largely software-defined, updates pushed to the network by the manufacturer can radically change how they operate", Marquis told CNN.

Germany, although it is Europe's leading economy, has seen its mobile infrastructure lag behind, with most Germans having access only to 3G.

As scrutiny of Huawei has grown, Australiaand New Zealand have joined the U.S.in barring the company from their 5G networks.

Zhengei, Meng's father, recently described the battles over the firm as "politically motivated" and part of an attempt to "crush us" because its 5G technology enjoys a wide lead over Western competitors.

Grenell specifically addressed this point by warning that Chinese law requires all corporations to support Chinese spy agencies upon demand, so there is no way to permanently ensure the security of Huawei products by inspecting them at the time of purchase.

Essentially, the lawsuit is daring US intelligence services to put up or shut up.

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