Published: Wed, May 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump reportedly mulling order paving the way for Huawei ban

Trump reportedly mulling order paving the way for Huawei ban

"The cyber security issue is not exclusive to just one single supplier or one single company, it is a common challenge facing the entire industry and the entire world", he said.

Huawei is a private company that is not controlled by the Chinese government and would refuse to hand over information to Beijing although no such request has been made, the firm's Vice President of Western Europe said on Tuesday. This has always been denied by Huawei. Reuters noted the measure would direct the US Department of Commerce to draw up a plan of action for enforcement.

This is expected to include China's Huawei, given the U.S. has repeatedly claimed the company's kit could be used for spying on foreign countries by the Chinese state.

"This is neither graceful nor fair", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a news briefing in Beijing.

In February, Trump suggested that he would not sign the executive order by tweeting that he wanted the U.S. 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.

In January, U.S. prosecutors charged two Huawei units in Washington state saying they conspired to steal T-Mobile US Inc trade secrets, and also charged Huawei and its chief financial officer with bank and wire fraud on allegations that the company violated sanctions against Iran.

Canadian authorities last December arrested Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the US, which seeks her extradition over allegations of violating Iran sanctions.

The Federal Communications Commission in April 2018 voted to advance a proposal to bar the use of funds from a $9 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to US communications networks.

"We are concerned that China could compel actions by network vendors to act against the interests of USA citizens and citizens of other countries around the world", Strayer said.

"There are no Chinese laws requiring companies to collect intelligence from a foreign government or implant back doors for the government".

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

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