Trump effectively bans Huawei with national security order


US President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" in the US.

The issue has taken on new urgency as USA wireless carriers look for partners as they rollout 5G networks.

Earlier today, the Department of Commerce placed Huawei and 70 affiliates on its entity list, which will effectively block the Chinese giant from buying components from American companies without Uncle Sam's approval. Huawei's founder and president, Ren Zhengfei, denied the allegations in an interview with "CBS This Morning" in February.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, who has called Huawei a threat to US security, said Wednesday that "given the threats presented by certain foreign companies' equipment and services, this is a significant step toward securing America's networks".

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The new order, if enacted, won't change much for big wireless carriers, which aren't using Huawei equipment, Reuters says.

"We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the United Kingdom government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment meet the no-spy, no-backdoors standard", Hua told reporters in London via an interpreter. US lawmakers are concerned because, under China's communist regime, Huawei could be called upon to gather intelligence from consumers and corporations around the world.

"It signals to USA friends and allies how far Washington is willing to go to block Huawei", said Adam Segal, cybersecurity director at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Alongside Trump's efforts, Congress previously banned government agencies from using equipment from Huawei, prompting the firm to sue the federal government.

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The Wall Street Journal first reported in May 2018 that the executive order was under review. Administration officials told reporters they will welcome comments from the telecommunications industry as regulations are set.

The U.S. government is already prohibited from using Huawei's telecommunications equipment. In August, Trump signed a bill that barred the USA government from using equipment from Huawei and another Chinese provider, ZTE Corp.

It could be delayed again, they added. That doesn't include the extra cost of next-generation equipment and upgrades from more expensive Western suppliers.

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