Since the end of November, the U.S. refused to grant license for new equipment made by Huawei and ZTE, citing “an unacceptable risk” to U.S. national security. This has in turn put the German government under a lot of pressure to take action against China’s telecom equipment makers.

However, according to a Reuters report, a German Economy Ministry representative recently announced that Germany does not want to follow the U.S. in banning outright telecom gear from Chinese suppliers, including Huawei. But it will instead continue to make such choices on a case-by-case basis.

Reuters noted that since the Russia-Ukraine war, Germany’s ties with China have been monitored carefully. Policymakers concerned Berlin’s dependence on Moscow for energy would likely repeat with China’s trade.

A German Economy Ministry strategy paper shows that the use of such parts from certain governments would be subject to more scrutiny.

The plan mentions German legislation in 2020 that imposed strict rules for suppliers of telecom gear for next-gen networks like Huawei.

Following the regulation, individual IT parts or the whole firm might be prohibited and declared unreliable if makers make untrue declarations, fail to submit security audits, and cannot inform or fix vulnerabilities instantly.

The 104-page plan recommends further implementation, enabling a prohibition of parts and gears from IT and telecoms manufacturers in dictatorship nations, together with other major infrastructure, including transportation or water and food support.

U.S. Representative Michael McCaul said that Germany was “jeopardizing its own national security and that of Europe’s” in its decision to continue working with Huawei.

He added, “Berlin didn’t learn from their reliance on Russia for energy and they are making the same mistake by allowing China access to its telecom.” 

Regarding partnership with the Chinese communist regime, The Register, citing pro-Putin media outlet Kommersant, reported that Russian tech companies have detected something unusual about the microchips imported from Chinese manufacturers in recent months.

The percentage of defective Chinese semiconductors coming into Russia has surged from 2% before the Ukraine war to 40% after almost eight months since the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

This marks a 1,900% spike in the failure rate of semiconductors shipped from China to Russia over the last few months.

For a country like Russia whose modern military and electronics equipment depend on various semiconductor products, even a 2% dud rate for the chips can be harmful. Therefore, a failure rate as high as 40% is devastating.

The outlet noted that Russia has close ties with China in business and geopolitical relations. In February, the nations declared a “friendship without limits” and with “no forbidden areas” for cooperation. 

Despite knowing that Russia can’t readily access alternatives, the Chinese regime has made a show of great support letting Russia import chips from the Chinese gray market, even though it makes faulty products and it is unreliable and slow.The Register emphasized that the move is a great way to show “friendship without limits” of the two nations.

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