U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell penned a letter last week urging Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmaier to not work with Chinese tech giant Huawei when building Germany’s 5G networks. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the letter concluded with a warning: allow Huawei to expand Germany’s broadband structure, and the U.S. might limit what intelligence it shares with Germany. Huawei, among the world’s leading telecommunications equipment manufacturer worldwide, has faced allegations that it shares confidential data with the Chinese government, charges the company denies.
We spoke to reporter Bojan Pancevski, who first reported the news alongside Sara Germano at the Wall Street Journal, about the legitimacy of these security threats and what Germany’s next move might be.
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