The U.S. government is reportedly urging foreign allies to avoid using telecommunications equipment made by China’s Huawei Technologies Co. over cybersecurity fears. Sources cited by The Wall Street Journal on Friday said American officials have already briefed telecom executives and government officials in Germany, Italy, and France, among other countries, on what they see as China’s potential to use Huawei equipment to engage in cyber espionage or cyber attacks. U.S. officials are reportedly particularly concerned about the use of Chinese telecom equipment in countries that are home to American military bases. While the U.S. has already banned government personnel from using Huawei and long made its security concerns known, this marks the first time it has extended its efforts to limit the use of Chinese products across international lines. Huawei released a statement Friday saying it was “surprised by the behaviours of the U.S. government” described by the Wall Street Journal report. “If a government's behavior extends beyond its jurisdiction, such activity should not be encouraged,” the company said.
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