US officials have warned their Brazilian counterparts of their security concerns about Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co during talks in Washington, a senior American official said on Monday.
The United States has said it could use Huawei technology in next-generation 5G networks to spy on the West. China has rejected the accusations.
The 5G issue is one of many securities, defense, and trade it slate matters on the agenda as President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to meet for the first time on Tuesday.
“They (Brazilian officials) have had many meetings here where they’ve heard from our experts on security, intelligence matters, and otherwise to understand the consequences of these networks and how frankly dangerous and how they could undermine their security domestically,” the US official told reporters on a conference call, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A Brazilian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Brazil did not want to get in between the United States and China on the Huawei dispute. The official said at the moment; they foresaw no barriers for Huawei in Brazil.
Bolsonaro, who embraced closer ties with the United States during his campaign for office last year, visited the CIA on Monday.
Brazil is also working during the trip to win US backing for economic reforms to win its support to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The US official told reporters that Brazil’s efforts on economic and regulatory reform were welcome.
“We see those efforts and that positive movement in a favorable light and we want to help Brazil achieve its goals and will do everything we can to help them achieve their goal,” the official said.
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