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US warns Europe against using Huawei

IANS  |  Budapest 

US warned European countries that using technology from Chinese could hurt their relationship with

Speaking in Hungary, the first stop in a five-nation European tour, said on Monday that the US has an obligation to alert other governments to the risks of building networks with equipment from the Chinese giant, reports

"What's imperative is that we share with them the things we know about the risks that Huawei's presence in their networks presents," he said.

"Actual risks to their own people, to the loss of privacy protections for their own people, the risk that will use this data in a way that is not in the best interest of "

If countries use equipment, "it makes it more difficult for us to partner alongside them", said.

has been in bad light after the last month filed a host of criminal charges, including bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology, against the company and its detained

Huawei, one of the world's top makers, has repeatedly denied that its products pose a national security risk.

It also maintains that it is a privately owned company with no ties to the

While Huawei is largely shut out of the US market, it does significant business in where it has some 40 per cent of the equipment market, said.

But global said last month that it was suspending the deployment of Huawei equipment in core networks in Europe, given the political uncertainty surrounding the Chinese firm.

In the UK, operator BT said it would not buy Huawei equipment for the core of its but would continue to use it for other parts such as mobile base stations.

German said last week that "there are big discussions about Huawei" in the country.

Outside of Europe, and restricted the company last year from providing equipment for is considering similar measures.



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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 12:56 IST