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U.S. warns Brazil on the Huawei and 5G in conversations: a senior U.S. official

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei brand logo above a store of the telecommunications-equipment maker in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials have warned that their Brazilian counterparts, their security concerns about Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co, during conversations in Washington, a senior Us official said on Monday.

The United States has said Huawei technology of the next generation 5G networks can be used to spy on the West. China rejects the accusations.

The 5G problem is one of the many security, defense, and trade issues on the agenda, as President, Donald Trump and the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are scheduled to meet for the first time on Tuesday.

“They (Brazilian officials) have a whole range of different meetings here, where they’ve heard of our experts in the field of security, intelligence matters, and otherwise in order to gain insight in the consequences of these networks, and how downright dangerous and how they could undermine their safety in their own country,” the US official told reporters on a conference call, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A Brazilian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Brazil don’t want to get in between the United States and China on the Huawei dispute. The official said that at this point no obstacles were foreseen 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 journey to win AMERICAN support for economic reforms to win the support of a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The AMERICAN official told reporters that Brazil to the efforts on economic and regulatory reform are welcome.

“We see that these efforts and the positive movement in a favorable light and it is clear that we want to help Brazil to achieve its goals and will do everything we can to help them achieve their goal,” the official said.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Lisandra Paraguassu, Editing by G Crosse and Alistair Bell

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