The Philippine government does not regard Huawei as a national security threat because no evidence has emerged to suggest this is the case, a cabinet minister said on Friday. Eliseo Rio, the acting head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, was speaking in the wake of repeated American allegations that the tech giant is a front for Chinese intelligence. Its accusations have prompted the other members of the F ive Eyes intelligence sharing community – Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand – to question their dealings with the company. My way or the Huawei: how US ultimatum fell flat in Southeast Asia Australia and Japan have imposed a full ban on the firm’s products, while Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, earlier this week ordered that Huawei be banned from supplying core parts of the country’s future 5G mobile phone network. “There are five countries [the Five Eyes] who have expressed concerns, but almost all the world has Huawei communications,” Rio said on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on Friday. He said Huawei has been doing businesses in the Philippines for about 10 years and there had been no serious incidents that showed the company’s products were threats to his country’s national security. “As long as there is no conclusive evidence of Huawei being a threat to our national security, and we have been going on for 10 years … there were no serious incidents that would tend to show that this is a threat to our national security,” he said. Globe Telecom, a Philippines-based network operator that counts Huawei as a key supplier, said in February that the criticism of the firm was overblown and it would push ahead with the introduction of 5G services using Huawei technology later this year. In another sign of warming ties between China and the Philippines, Rio said his department had already picked a company that was 40 per cent owned by China Telecom, to be the country’s third telecommunications provider – a move that would “greatly improve” the services on offer. Huawei ban: Australia isolated if UK includes Chinese firm in 5G He said China and the Philippines now had a “close relationship” despite “some concerns” over the South China Sea , where the two have a long-standing territorial dispute. Rio continued that the Belt and Road Forum provided an opportunity for the two countries to try to resolve the differences, adding that “no one would benefit from aggression”. While Western countries have questioned Huawei’s links to the Chinese government, Southeast Asian countries have embraced the world’s largest telecoms equipment provider. Huawei estimates that it will have 80 million customers in Southeast Asia within the next year and US$1.2 trillion of business opportunities over the next five years. Thailand hopes to roll out a Huawei-led 5G service by 2020 and is already carrying out joint research with the firm in Sriracha. Elsewhere, Singapore’s M1 service, Malaysia’s Maxis and Indonesia’s Telkomsel have all signed up to test services with the company.