The U.S. is trying to persuade its foreign allies to avoid using telecommunications equipment from China’s Huawei, the Wall Street Journal reported. U.S. government officials are briefing their counterparts in countries such as Germany, Italy and Japan about potential cybersecurity risks associated with Huawei, the Journal said.
The Journal story doesn’t say which government agencies are leading those efforts. And it is unclear whether the foreign allies will be influenced in any way.
But such efforts do suggest that the U.S. is expanding the scope of its battle against Huawei, one of China’s biggest technology companies that is playing a major role in the global telecom industry’s transition to the next-generation 5G networks. Huawei’s equipment is already effectively banned in the U.S. A 2012 congressional report recommended that telecom carriers avoid using Huawei as a supplier, citing concerns that the Chinese company’s gear could be used by Beijing to spy on Americans. Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations.
As political tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate amid a trade war, technology is a key battleground. The U.S. isn’t the only country that has raised concerns about Huawei. Earlier this year, Australia decided to ban Huawei and another Chinese supplier ZTE from providing equipment for the country’s 5G networks in the future.