Czech president to meet Huawei boss in China on mission to boost ties
PRAGUE, April 23 (Reuters) - Czech President Milos Zeman
will meet Huawei Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei when he
visits China this week in a sign of support for the technology
firm, which faces U.S. allegations that Beijing could use its
technology for spying.
The meeting with Ren comes just days before a conference in
Prague where the United States will push allies to adopt shared
security and policy measures that will make it more difficult
for Huawei to dominate 5G telecoms networks.
Huawei denies that its products are used for spying.
Czech cyber watchdog NUKIB warned in December about
potential dangers in using technology from Huawei and fellow
Chinese firm ZTE, forcing critical infrastructure providers like
mobile operators to undertake risk analyses.
But Zeman has repeatedly dismissed allegations against
Huawei as he presses for closer political and economic ties with
Beijing and played down the findings of risks from NUKIB and the
Czech counter-intelligence agency BIS.
A spokesman for Zeman said on Tuesday the president would
meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his visit, along with the
meeting with Huawei's Zhengfei.
Zeman is due to be accompanied by a business delegation
which includes Jiri Smejc, chief executive of Czech-based Home
Credit which is a leading consumer finance lender in China,
daily newspaper Hospodarske Noviny reported.
(Reporting by Robert Muller;
Editing by Alexander Smith)
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