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Germany considers barring Huawei from 5G networks

US has lobbied allies to shut Chinese vendors out of markets

Huawei's sponsor booth at the Christian Democratic Union party congress in Hamburg in December. Imposing stricter security requirements is among the options to exclude the company from Germany's 5G market.   © Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) -- The German government is debating whether to follow the United States and allies like Australia in restricting China's Huawei Technologies from accessing its next-generation mobile networks on national-security grounds.

Some Western countries have barred Huawei from their markets after U.S. officials briefed allies that Huawei is at the beck and call of the Chinese state, warning that its network equipment may contain "back doors" that could open them up to cyber espionage. Huawei says such concerns are unfounded.

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