Berlin: We've had no recent talks with Beijing on cybersecurity

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Huawei is seen at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government has not held talks with Beijing about cybersecurity issues in recent weeks, a spokesman said when asked about a report that Chancellor Angela Merkel was seeking a no-spying deal with China over the Huawei issue.

WirtschaftsWoche had on Tuesday cited security sources as saying Merkel was seeking such an agreement. Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and allegations of enabling state espionage, which it denies.

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Germany and China regularly held talks on how to prevent malicious cyber activities and had agreed that they would protect confidential company data and ensure safe cross-border data transfers when making and implementing cyber laws.

“Negotiations on a further agreement in this area have not happened in recent weeks,” Seibert told a news conference on Friday.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Paul Carrel