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    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The Belgium Centre for Cybersecurity is considering the possibility of introducing a ban on the use of telecommunications equipment produced by China's Huawei, suspected of espionage, by governmental institutions, the Belga news agency reported.

    "We have recently commissioned objective research via national and international channels showing that the use of Huawei technologies pose a risk", Miguel de Bruycker, the Belgium Centre for Cybersecurity director, said as quoted by the Belga news agency.

    The publication comes after in November, The Wall Street Journal reported that the United States has been urging its allies to abandon the use of Huawei equipment following Washington's example due to security concerns.

    The United States, in particular, expressed worries about the security of its military bases in Germany, Italy, and Japan, where Huawei telecommunications equipment are widely used.

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    Following the US example, the Australian government banned Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment (ZTE) from supplying 5G technology to the country in August. Japanese authorities are reportedly planning to exclude Huawei products from public procurement amid the US ban.

    Before that, US President Donald Trump enacted legislation banning government agencies from using Huawei technology. This came after retail stores at US military bases were prohibited from selling Huawei mobile phones over concerns that they "pose an unacceptable risk to the department’s personnel, information, and mission".


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