German defense minister takes hard-line stance on Huawei

Chinese telecommunications giants including Huawei are headed for a major defeat in Germany under an update of the regulatory framework, according to Berlin’s top defense official.

“If the technology offered to us is not beyond reproach, it cannot be used,” German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told the Sydney Morning Herald. “The political ramifications would simply be too grave.”

Those comments signal a significant victory for trans-Atlantic cooperation regarding China, following nearly two years of sustained warnings from U.S. lawmakers and officials that Chinese-made 5G wireless technology represents an intelligence crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has resisted an
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