Published: Wed, May 15, 2019

Donald Trump expected to sign order banning Huawei from U.S. networks

Donald Trump expected to sign order banning Huawei from U.S. networks

After years of spying allegations and pressure from the US on its allies to avoid using Huawei's telecom equipment, the company has now has offered to sign a no-spy agreement with governments. This has always been denied by Huawei.

This escalated a damaging trade war which only recently seemed to be nearing a conclusion.

The United States has been actively pushing other countries not to use Huawei's equipment in next-generation 5G networks that it calls "untrustworthy".

"This is neither graceful nor fair", ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a news briefing in Beijing. Soon, the same might be true for USA companies.

"We are willing to sign "no-spy" agreements with governments, including the United Kingdom government, to commit ourselves, to commit our equipment to meeting the no-spy, no back-door standards", Liang told reporters. Both Huawei and ZTE Corp. have also been targeted by the USA for alleged schemes to dodge American sanctions on Iran. Meng remains under house arrest in Vancouver while the legal proceedings unfold. And the order might eventually name specific companies or countries as Commerce carries out the process.

Ms May fired defence minister Gavin Williamson - one of the cabinet's big critics of China - earlier this month over a leak alleging that her government will allow Huawei to play a limited 5G role.

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

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said last week he is waiting for the Commerce Department to express views on how to "define the list of companies" that would be prohibited under the FCC proposal.

The Rural Wireless Association, which represents carriers with fewer than 100,000 subscribers, estimated that 25 percent of its members had Huawei or ZTE equipment in their networks, it said in an FCC filing in December.

-With assistance from Todd Shields and Dandan Li.

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