EU Pokes Trump Again, This Time Over Huawei's 5G Technology

Germany and the UK gave Trump another polite go to hell message by refusing his demand on Huawei.

President Trump demanded the UK not use 5G technology from Huawei, over security concerns. But in Yet Another Rebuke to the U.S. both Germany and the UK have other ideas.

The German government is leaning toward letting Huawei Technologies Co. participate in building the nation’s high-speed internet infrastructure, several German officials said, the latest sign of ambivalence among U.S. allies over Washington’s push to ostracize the Chinese tech giant as a national security risk.

A small group of ministries reached a preliminary agreement two weeks ago that still needs formal approval by the full cabinet and parliament. That isn’t expected for several weeks.

The Trump administration has been pushing its allies for months to restrict Huawei’s participation in building their next-generation mobile infrastructure—or even pull its equipment from existing networks.

But unwillingness in those countries to delay the rollout of so-called 5G services, the potential additional costs of picking new vendors, and lack of evidence showing that Huawei can use its equipment to eavesdrop on or disrupt communications have stymied U.S. efforts.

In the U.K., Washington’s closest ally in Europe, a review currently under way is expected to conclude that the company’s products should still be allowed in less vulnerable parts of its network, according to British officials.

And across Eastern Europe, where the U.S. has traditionally held considerable sway, governments have been hesitant to drastically restrict Huawei’s access, partly out of concern this could antagonize China, a big investor in the region.

A recent probe by Germany’s cybersecurity agency with help from the U.S. and other allies failed to show that the Chinese company could use its equipment to clandestinely siphon off data, according to senior agency and other government officials.

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