The US government is trying to convince wireless and internet service providers in its allies to avoid contact devices produced by Chinese Huawei Technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The report cites unnamed people who say US officials have continued with their colleagues in governments and telecoms leaders in friendly countries where Huawei devices are already being used around what they regard as e-security risks.
Huawei has been under consideration in the United States recently.
Intelligence and other intelligence leaders have expressed concern that Huawei and other Chinese companies will be loyal to the Chinese government or the ruling Communist Party, which increases the risk of espionage.
The Wall Street Journal reported in its report that Washington is considering increasing financial assistance for the development of the telecommunications sector in countries that avoided Chinese devices. The report adds that government concerns include the use of Chinese communications devices in countries where US military bases such as Germany, Italy and Japan are located.
A spokesman for the US Chamber of Commerce said in a statement that the ministry would remain alert to any threat to US national security.
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