Today, a senior American official said that officials of the United States of America have warned their counterparts in Brazil regarding their security concerns about Huawei Technologies Co, the Chinese telecom equipment maker, during their talks in Washington.
The United States has said that the technology used by Huawei in next-generation 5G networks could be utilised to spy on the West. China has since rejected the accusations.
The issue of 5G tech is cosnidered as one of many defence, trade, and security matters that were included on the agenda as Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian President, is slated to meet US President Donald Trump for the first time on Tuesday.
Talking on condition of anonymity, the U.S. official informed reporters on a conference call: “They (Brazilian officials) have had a whole host of different meetings here where they’ve heard from our experts on security, intelligence matters, and otherwise in order to understand the consequences of these networks and how frankly dangerous and how they could undermine their security domestically.”
A Brazilian official who is also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Brazil did not want to get in between the China and the United States over the Huawei dispute. The official dosclosed that at the moment, no barriers were anticipated for Huawei in Brazil.
Bolsonaro embraced closer ties with the United States during his campaign for office in 2018. He visited the CIA today.
Brazil is also striving during the trip to win the support of the U.S. for economic reforms to win its backing to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The U.S. official informed the reporters that the efforts of Brazil on economic and regulatory reform were welcome.
The official stated: “We see those efforts and that positive movement in a favourable light and clearly we want to help Brazil achieve its goals and will do everything we can in order to help them achieve their goal.”