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A top US diplomat said this week that new German regulations will “lead inevitably” to the banning of Huawei equipment for the building of fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks.

Rob Strayer, the US State Department’s top official in charge of cybersecurity policy, told reporters on a conference call that the standards adopted by Germany last month should serve as a model for other countries.

“At this point, we’re looking for governments to adopt security standards like we’re seeing in Germany,” he said, as quoted by AP.

Strayer argued that a “risk-based” approach, which falls short of the blanket bans issued by other countries, will force governments to eventually restrict Huawei’s role.

Washington’s campaign to convince allies to ban Huawei equipment faltered this year, when both Germany and the UK rejected US calls for a blanket ban, insisting that any potential security risks could be mitigated.

US intelligence services have long-argued that Beijing will eventually be able to use Huawei equipment for the purposes of espionage.

Huawei executives have rejected the claim as baseless, also noting that the US has been caught surveilling foreign nations with the help of its own telecommunications firms. The Chinese company has repeatedly stressed that it makes no sense for them to engage in espionage, which would effectively be a “death sentence” for its business.

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