OSLO: A Norwegian intelligence assessment that China posed a threat to the Nordic countrys security by seeking to steal its secrets was ridiculous, the Chinese Embassy said on Monday as Norway mulled the future status of Chinas Huawei Technologies.

While Russian security services posed the biggest threat, China also conducts intelligence operations against Norwegian interests and businesses, including trying to penetrate computer networks, Norwegian intelligence service PST said in its annual threat assessment report.

China poses no threat to Norways security. Its very ridiculous for the intelligence service of a country to make security assessment and attack China with pure hypothetical language, the Chinese Embassy in Oslo said in a statement on its website.

Huawei faces international scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government and allegations that Beijing could use Huaweis technology for spying, which the company denies.

The Embassy also rejected comments by PSTs chief Benedicte Bjoernland that people should be aware of Huawei because of its links with Chinas government, saying that China was not forcing any companies to build mandatory back doors in their software.

Norway has been considering whether to join other western nations in excluding Huawei Technologies from building part of the Nordic countrys new 5G telecommunications infrastructure.

Norways state-controlled operator Telenor, which has 173 million subscribers across eight countries in Europe and Asia, signed its first major contract with Huawei in 2009, a deal that helped clear the way for the Chinese firms global expansion.

Reuters

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