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Huawei willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements with governments

15 May 2019

"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.

Huawei is willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including Britain, the Chinese telco company's chairman said on Tuesday (May 14), amid USA pressure on European countries to shun the firm over espionage concerns. Huawei, which has repeatedly denied the allegations, did not immediately comment.

The official also said that the order, which could be signed as soon as Wednesday, has nothing to do with the recent escalation of the trade conflict with China.

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Amid United States pressure on European countries to avoid Huawei, Liang has traveled to the U.K., along with senior Huawei executives, to hold meetings with suppliers and partners to promote Huawei's mobile phone network kit.

"This is neither graceful nor fair", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a news briefing in Beijing.

"We are willing to sign "no-spy" agreements with governments, including the United Kingdom government, to commit ourselves, to commit our equipment to meeting the no-spy, no back-door standards", Liang told reporters. Soon, the same might be true for US companies.

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Ren Zhengfei, the company's founder and Meng's father, has denied espionage allegations and a link to China's government.

It follows concerns from some countries that China could use products made by the telecoms firm for surveillance.

The U.S. has been trying without success to persuade other governments to exclude to exclude equipment made by Huawei from super-fast 5G mobile networks that will connect billions of devices. Furthermore, concerns about Chinese law requiring Huawei to cooperate with China's intelligence agencies were simply hype. "No spying, no backdoors", said Liang.

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said last week he is waiting for the Commerce Department to express views on how to "define the list of companies" that would be prohibited under the FCC proposal.

Huawei willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements with governments