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Germany pledges 5G talks with US over Huawei threat

Merkel asserts independence but offers nod on warning of intelligence break

A Huawei booth is pictured at the sponsors' area during the Christian Democratic Union party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 2018.   © Reuters

BERLIN -- Germany will discuss standards for fifth-generation mobile networks with the U.S., Chancellor Angela Merkel says, after Washington threatened to stop sharing critical intelligence if Berlin allowed China's Huawei Technologies to help build the European country's 5G infrastructure.

"We will create our own standards independently," Merkel told reporters Tuesday, but she added that Germany would "consult with the U.S." as well as other European nations. Security represents an "extremely serious concern" in the development of the advanced communication technology, the chancellor said.

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