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Huawei willing to sign 'no spying' agreements

Huawei willing to sign 'no spying' agreements

The US has been actively pushing other countries not to use Huawei's equipment in next-generation 5G wireless networks, which it calls "untrustworthy".

"The cyber security issue is not exclusive to just one single supplier or one single company, it is a common challenge facing the entire industry and the entire world", he said.

The statement is in response to pressures from the United States on European countries to avoid using Huawei telecommunications gear over fears of the company using that equipment to spy on other nations and report findings to the Chinese government. This has always been denied by Huawei.

China's Foreign Ministry accused the US of "deliberately discrediting" Chinese companies.

Alongside Trump's efforts, Congress previously banned government agencies from using equipment from Huawei, prompting the firm to sue the federal government. Both Huawei and ZTE Corp. have also been targeted by the US for alleged schemes to dodge American sanctions on Iran.

Huawei is offering to sign no-spy agreements with governments to sell more of its telecom equipment.

Canadian authorities last December arrested Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the US, which seeks her extradition over allegations of violating Iran sanctions. Meng remains under house arrest in Vancouver while the legal proceedings unfold.

He explained to reporters the law could not be enforced in practice, because, "There is no law that says if we refuse to enforce it [a request from Chinese intelligence agencies], it will be a crime".

The Trump administration has been pressuring foreign governments to ban Huawei from the pending networks amid allegations that the firm acts as a conduit for Chinese espionage and is closely tied to the communist government, claims the company has denied.

The order would also further intensify the trade war between China and the USA, which has been heating up in recent days.

Despite emphatic denials from the Chinese tech giant, there are still significant suspicions around the world about how close Huawei is to the Chinese government and whether, if expected to, it would plant back doors in its equipment to allow remote access.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to deny China Mobile Limited's bid to provide telecommunications services within the U.S. last week.

The U.K. will decide soon about Huawei's involvement in its telco infrastructure and these promises from the company are likely an attempt to assure the government there is nothing to fear.

-With assistance from Todd Shields and Dandan Li.