The U.S. government is reportedly urging foreign allies to stop using hardware from China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in local carrier networks.

Sources claim that US government officials have met with counterparts in Germany, Japan, and Italy, and are reportedly considering offering financial incentives to countries who opt not to use equipment from the Chinese manufacturer.

After the US banned Huawei from supplying equipment in the country and then prohibited the use of Huawei and ZTE devices by government officials, it is now trying to persuade its allies not to use the Chinese firm’s handsets and equipment as well, amid spying fears.
The US is concerned over the use of equipment originating from China in countries where US military bases are established. To encourage the governments of several countries to completely abandon Huawei-branded telecom hardware, the US is willing to provide funds for the development of communications infrastructure.

Huawei expressed its surprise and said that they are concerned about reported efforts to influence US allies. “If a government’s behavior extends beyond its jurisdiction, such activity should not be encouraged,” it said to the Wall Street Journal.

Huawei has a massive presence in several countries and is the second-biggest smartphone brand right now.

Australia imposed a ban on Huawei equipment just a few months ago.