(Bloomberg) — Economy Minister Peter Altmaier defended the German government’s decision not to exclude China’s Huawei Technologies Co. over security concerns, citing a similar decision years earlier in the wake of U.S. espionage.

Germany didn’t boycott U.S. companies when it surfaced in 2014 that the NSA spied on institutions and individuals in Europe’s biggest economy, Altmaier said on broadcaster ARD late Sunday.

“The U.S. also demands from its companies that they pass on certain info that are needed to fight terrorism,” Altmaier said during a talk show that focused on the question if China can be…

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