NATO mulls action on Huawei security concerns

NATO mulls action on Huawei security concerns
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NATO is considering whether to take action on security concerns about Chinese technology giant Huawei, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

Stoltenberg reportedly noted that some of the NATO allies have expressed concern about Huawei, which is looking to develop next-generation networks known as 5G across the world. Stoltenberg added that NATO "takes these concerns very seriously.”

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NATO “will continue to consult, continue to assess, and look into whether NATO has a role to play," he added, though he reportedly did not specify what actions NATO may take.

The U.S. is among the countries that have been critical of the Chinese telecommunications giant, warning that Huawei poses a security risk and saying the company has the ability to spy on citizens.

The Trump administration has banned government use of Huawei products and has encouraged other countries not to allow Huawei to build out its 5G network. President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE is also said to be considering banning U.S. companies from using Huawei equipment.

China has denied that Huawei poses a security risk to other nations, saying the U.S. is engaging in "double standards" by making those accusations.