German Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to sign an anti-spy agreement with China in exchange for permit for the Chinese IT-giant Huawei to continue its activities in Germany, local media reported on Wednesday.
According to the WirtschaftsWoche media outlet, Merkel’s economic adviser Lars-Hendrik Roeller has recently visited China to discuss the possible agreement.
The possible agreement will be reportedly a German government’s attempt to find an alternative to ban Huawei’s activities in the country.
On February 8, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier said that the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) was investigating rumors that Beijing’s Huawei devices enabled the tech giant to gather data from the German mobile network and hand it over to the Chinese authorities.
Huawei has recently faced allegations that it is linked to the Chinese government and even has been spying on its behalf, something that the company has vehemently denied.
Last year, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States banned the Chinese telecommunications giant from participating in government contracts, while several other countries voiced their own concerns over Huawei’s activities.