"I don't see that we can set up a 5G network in Germany at short notice without Huawei's participation", the minister told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, noting that Germany needs to develop capabilities for it first.
He added that he is "in complete agreement" with Chancellor Angela Merkel on the issue.
He also called on Europeans and his compatriots to make efforts to become more competitive in this field, as no German company is now able to build the 5G network and only two European firms have that capability.More news: Nvidia cuts price of GeForce RTX 2060 FE to US$299 - Graphics
Last night, a senior Huawei executive, Victor Zhang, said there was simply "no justification" for banning the company on cyber security grounds. "We have to secure protection against espionage and sabotage", he concluded.
In November 2019, the House of Representatives approved the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019 (HR.4998) which provided up to $1 billion in funding to help rural carriers now using Huawei and ZTE gear posing a risk to national security.
The US president has warned that if a deal were to go ahead, it would risk the intelligence-sharing arrangement between the two countries. The junior partners in her coalition government, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), are pushing a proposal that would effectively shut out the Chinese firm - a measure that has gained traction with some of Merkel's conservatives.More news: Facts About Alyssa Nakken, the First Female Coach in MLB History
Washington has been pressuring its allies to ban Huawei, the world's biggest supplier of telecom gear, from new 5G networks. There is ample evidence to suggest that no major Chinese company is independent of the Chinese Government and Communist Party, and Huawei, which China's government and military tout as a "national champion", is no exception.
Shenzhen-based Huawei has denied allegations by the Trump administration, which imposed export controls on Huawei in May, hobbling its smartphone business and raising questions over whether the Chinese company can maintain its market lead.
Another country that, like Germany, is also expected to make a final decision soon and is facing pressure from the USA is the UK.More news: Tough love for Amazon's Bezos in India
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, urged United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson to exclude Huawei and other Chinese state-directed telecommunications company products in their 5G telecommunications network infrastructure.