US President Donald Trump and his Finnish counterpart Sully Niinisto are expected to discuss ways to find alternatives to the 5G technology offered by Chinese telecom equipment companies, said a senior administration official.
Finland is home to Nokia, which quickly developed 5G technology to compete with Huawei and China’s ZTE.
Nokia offers one of the few viable alternatives for countries that pride themselves on the privacy of their citizens’ data, data integrity, and critical infrastructure security.
Washington has led a global campaign to persuade allies to ban Huawei from their list of favorite 5G network development companies, saying the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker can spy on users of these networks, but Huawei has denied all the allegations of the American administration.
Washington has also blacklisted Huawei to ban US companies from selling most of the products for the world’s second-largest smartphone maker for reasons of national security.
Trump and Finnish President Solly Niinisto should also address what the official described as Russian aggression and Chinese ambitions in the Arctic.
Earlier this year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Russia is acting strongly in the Arctic and that China’s actions should also be closely monitored.