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Pompeo to discuss concerns over Huawei in Hungary visit: official

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(Reuters) - U.S. of State will express concerns about the growing presence of China's Technologies in when he visits next week, a senior administration said on Friday.

During his visits to and Slovakia, will also discuss ways to bolster security relationships with both countries, including clinching deals on defense cooperation, the told reporters.

"In Hungary, the will give particular focus to the role of in central Europe, and express our concerns about the growing presence of in Hungary," the said.

He will "urge regional leaders to heed the warnings of countries from who have found themselves in difficult straits as a result of working too closely with the Chinese," said the official, who briefed reporters on the upcoming visit

Technologies plans to create a European logistics center in and boost production capacity in the central European country this year.

The U.S. is trying to persuade other governments to avoid Huawei, which is under scrutiny from Western intelligence agencies for its perceived ties to and the possibility its equipment could be used for espionage.

The has already largely barred Huawei from supplying its government and contractors, while has banned the company from supplying equipment for a

Huawei, which has repeatedly denied engaging in intelligence work for any government, is one of several Chinese tech companies that have come under scrutiny as a trade war between the two countries escalates.

The said the was particularly worried about Huawei's influence in small eastern and central European countries where corruption was a problem and it was easy to penetrate state systems, the official said.

"Of course, we see (Huawei's presence) being problematic across the board, but what sets central and apart is you have a large number of mostly small and mid-sized states, many of whom have a higher propensity to corruption," the official added.

He said "sees relatively small countries with a recent history of communism, with significant pathways of corruption, that lend themselves more readily to state penetration in key sectors, and then they have a springboard to operate within EU fora."

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by and Susan Thomas)

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 23:28 IST