German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes to reach an agreement with Beijing, promising that the two countries will not spy on one another so that Huawei will not have to be excluded from possibly building Germany’s 5G network, reports Reuters.
“Merkel’s economic advisor Lars-Hendrik Roller was recently in China to negotiate about the agreement,” German weekly business magazine WirtschaftsWoche cited security sources as saying.
Huawei has been under severe scrutiny from western nations over its relationship with the Chinese government and has been accused of facilitating espionage, which the company has repeatedly denied.
A German government spokesman said “Germany and China are, at various levels, engaged in a continual exchange on numerous bilateral and international issues. I cannot report anything about talks on a no-spy deal.”