Sunday, 17 February 2019 19:48

After Huawei, now German cars a threat to US national security Featured

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BMW cars are said to be the latest threat to US national security. BMW cars are said to be the latest threat to US national security. Pixabay

When the US Government started going after Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies, it justified what it was doing by claiming that the company posed a threat to its national security. Now it seems, German automobiles pose a similar threat to Washington.

That this claim about German cars was being bandied about was pointed out by no less than a person than the German chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Addressing a security conference in Munich last week, Merkel said, "...apparently the American secretary of trade says German cars are a threat to America's national security".

"We're proud of our automotive industry and I think we can be," she said. "We are proud of our cars. They are built in the US. South Carolina is one of the largest.. it's actually the largest BMW plant not in Bavaria.

"South Carolina is supplying China. So when these cars, because they are built in South Carolina, are not becoming less threatening, rather than the ones that are built in Bavaria [that] are supposed to be a threat to the national security of the US, it's a bit of a shock to us."

Her audience applauded and laughed, with the lone member of the audience who kept a poker face being Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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