Germany’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier speaks to the media in front of the Drum Tower in Beijing, China June 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee
BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany expects Huawei to demonstrate it can meet its security requirements for participating in the building of the country’s 5G network, the economy minister Peter Altmaier said after meeting with the company’s chief executive officer on Friday.
In March, Germany set tougher criteria for vendors of telecoms network equipment, stopping short of singling out Huawei for special treatment and instead saying the same rules should apply to all vendors.
That decision came after months of debate over whether to side with the United States and some allies in barring Huawei, the global market leader, from 5G networks due to concerns over the firm’s ties to the Chinese government.
After meeting Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei in Shanghai, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said: “I made it very clear that telecommunication security is of high importance, that we expect all operators to fulfill our security requirements and that it is now Huawei’s duty to show us that they are able to do so.”
A spokeswoman for Altmaier said…