Trump to Ban US Firms From Using Foreign Tech Deemed ‘Security Risk’

Clay Curtis
May 15, 2019

Huawei is "willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments" including the United Kingdom, its chairman Liang Hua said.

According to a Reuters report Wednesday, president Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order that would bar us companies from using telecommunications equipment made by companies which pose a national security risk.

In February, Trump suggested that he would not sign the executive order by tweeting that he wanted the USA to win the 5G ultra-high speed mobile telecommunications race by competition and "not by blocking out now more advanced technologies", in a reference that was widely interpreted as referring to Huawei.

The official, who was granted anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue, said on Tuesday night that the order was not meant to single out any country or company.

Liang wants to ensure everyone that Huawei does not act on behalf of the Chinese government, and respects the local laws and regulations of each country.

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This is expected to include China's Huawei, given the USA has repeatedly claimed the company's kit could be used for spying on foreign countries by the Chinese state. Soon, the same might be true for USA companies. In December, Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Canada on suspicion of violating US sanctions concerning Iran.

The order would also further intensify the trade war between China and the US, which has been heating up in recent days. Meng remains under house arrest in Vancouver while the legal proceedings unfold.

Huawei is offering to sign no-spy agreements with governments to sell more of its telecom equipment. Furthermore, concerns about Chinese law requiring Huawei to cooperate with China's intelligence agencies were simply hype.

Last week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission barred China Mobile Ltd. from the U.S. market over national security concerns and said it was opening a review of other Chinese companies.

Liang said Huawei did not act on behalf of China's government in any global market.

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