Germany's Angela Merkel seeking no-spying deal with China over Huawei issue, says magazine

Merkel gives a joint press conference with the French President  in Paris, Feb 27, 2019.
Merkel gives a joint press conference with the French President in Paris, Feb 27, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to agree a deal with China not to spy on each other so that Germany does not have to exclude Huawei on principle from building a 5G network in Germany, a magazine cited security sources as saying.

"Merkel's economic adviser Lars-Hendrik Roller was recently in China to negotiate about the agreement," WirtschaftsWoche cited security sources as saying on Tuesday (Feb 26).

Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies.

The United States has called for its allies not to use Huawei technology.

A German government spokesman said: "Germany and China are, at various levels, engaged in a continual exchange on numerous bilateral and international issues. I cannot report anything about talks on a no-spy deal."