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Huawei willing to sign “no-spy” agreement with western countries over concerns

Huawei chairman Liang Hua said that he was willing to sign “no-spy agreements with governments” following concerns from some countries that China could use products made by the telecoms firm for surveillance.

The Chinese firm have denied that its work poses any risks of espionage or sabotage. The company repeatedly clarified that it was independent from the Chinese government.

Many countries have blocked the Chinese firm’s 5G networks on national security grounds.

Liang Hua speaking at conference in London on Tuesday said, “We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the UK government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard.”

Huawei is the world’s largest maker of telecoms equipment. It faces a growing backlash from Western countries on concerns over the security of its products used in next-generation 5G mobile networks.

Australia and New Zealand blocked the use of Huawei gear in their 5G mobile networks. Whereas the United States have restricted federal agencies from using Huawei products, and asked allies to shun them out as well.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week barring US companies from using telecoms equipment made by firms that pose a national security risk. The move comes at a time when there are tensions and an on-going trade tariff war. Recently US doubled tariffs on Chinese goods to US$ 200 billion, China too retaliated.

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