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German Spies Are Fighting to Keep Huawei Out of 5G

  • Intelligence officials backed by interior, foreign ministries
  • Hardliners looking to network criteria as potential barrier
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Hardliners in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government are fighting for the powers to keep Huawei Technologies Co. out of Germany’s fifth-generation mobile networks.

The cyber-security hawks are concerned that Huawei could help China steal secrets from German companies or even the state and are pushing for strict criteria on equipment suppliers before the government begins the process of issuing 5G licenses in two weeks’ time, according to three people familiar with talks in Berlin.