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Germany Says Security Alone Will Define Decision on Huawei in 5G

  • Comments come after Chinese envoy threatens consequences
  • ‘Industry considerations’ won’t play role in 5G decision
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China Clashes With Germany Over Huawei

The German government will rely on security concerns alone in deciding whether to allow vendors such as China’s Huawei Technologies Co. into the country’s fifth-generation network, it said days after Beijing threatened with potential retaliation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief spokesman, Steffen Seibert, declined to respond directly to the warnings from Chinese ambassador Wu Ken about trade consequences, should Huawei be banned from the 5G network. But Seibert said political and industry interests would take a back seat to security issues.