German is expected to snub US pressure to cut Huawei out of its next-generation 5G networks, rejecting claims that the Chinese manufacturer is a security risk.

According to German media reports, a weekend meeting of the German cabinet dug into the issue and effectively rejected America efforts to impose a global ban on the company. The meeting considered a report by its own security services that said it has failed to find any evidence of spying.

That report reflects a early indication by UK security services that they have been unable to find any evidence that Huawei is installing backdoors in its products, something that is credible given that GCHQ has access to Huawei's source code. A final report is expected this spring.

Coinciding with the German crunch talks, Huawei's previously quiet management has been giving pointed interviews with German and British news publications to push their case.

The company's founder Ren Zhengfei whose daughter was arrested in Canada earlier this year at the request of American authorities told the BBC that there was "no way the US can crush" the company, and complained that his daughter's arrest was political.



Meanwhile, the head of Huawei's German arm, Dennis Zuo, spoke to Handelsblatt and actively rejected claims of espionage. "The security of networks is our top priority," Zuo said, stating that the Chinese government "does not hold a stake in Huawei" and stays out of its factories. He said the company will be open and transparent when it comes to mobile network security.

Diplomatic silence
Although the German government meeting ultimately decided to take a diplomatic approach neither rejecting nor approving Huawei a clear indication that they are skeptical of American security claims came when German Data Protection Commissioner Ulrich Kelber pointedly noted in an interview with Handelsblatt that "the US itself once made sure that backdoor doors were built into Cisco hardware."

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