Merkel seeking no-spy deal with China over Huawei issue: magazine

February 27, 2019

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking a no-spy agreement with China so that Germany does not have to exclude Huawei on principle from building a 5G network in Germany, a magazine on Tuesday cited security sources as saying.

“Merkel’s economic advisor Lars-Hendrik Roller was recently in China to negotiate about the agreement,” WirtschaftsWoche cited security sources as saying.

Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies. The United States has called for its allies not to use Huawei technology.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Andrea Shalal)

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