US Telecommunication Ban Incoming On Huawei: Trump Signing Order

Remigio Civitarese
Мая 18, 2019

And in a clear strike against Huawei, the Commerce Department separately announced on Wednesday that it had placed Huawei and its dozens of affiliates on a list of firms deemed a risk to national security.

The restrictions would also bar Google from licensing value-added components and services of its Android operating system, which Google gives away for free to use on Huawei and other smartphones.

The US, it is true, is in the midst of a trade war with China and stands open to accusations that it is trying to block Huawei's ambitions for purely protectionist reasons.

This week US President Donald Trump put Huawei and dozens of its affiliates on its official Entity List, making it hard for Chinese companies to source components from American vendors.

Make no mistake: the economic friction between China and the United States is growing.

The Department of Commerce alleged that Huawei was engaged in activities that are contrary to USA national security or foreign policy interest. The same would go for semiconductors and other components, including systems-on-chip Huawei sources from USA firms like Qualcomm.

The report, co-authored by Tory MP Bob Seely, said Huawei claimed to be a private firm, but in China it acts like and is treated as a state-owned enterprise, and was subject to China's National Intelligence Law, which means it could be required to assist China's intelligence agencies in their operations and research and development. She and the company deny the charges.

It could also hurt US suppliers and accelerate Beijing's drive toward greater technological independence. The Justice Department is prosecuting Huawei over accusations of bank fraud, technology theft and violating US sanctions against Iran.

Kevin Wolf, who was assistant secretary of commerce for export administration under President Barack Obama, described the impact of the US sanctions as "massive".

Whenever marked, the official request would come at a fragile time in relations among China and the United States as the world's two biggest economies tighten up levies in a fight over what US authorities call China's out of line exchange rehearses.

More national security-related restrictions on business with Chinese telecommunications companies are coming. Commerce has 150 days to issue regulations implementing the Executive Order's restrictions on US companies buying, transferring, or using certain information and communications technology and services. These implementing regulations will nearly certainly include restrictions on transactions with China and entities like Huawei and ZTE.

Huawei, meanwhile, has always disputed claims that its equipment can be used for spying purposes, relying on partners including European and USA tech companies to make its case. Under export regulations, U.S. companies can not ship certain products to organizations named on this list unless they obtain a special license. Huawei will have to procure parts from US firms like Xilinx, Texas Instruments and Analog Devices, according to Simpson. -China tariff negotiations, but, with those negotiations deteriorating, the Administration may be using this as a tactic to ratchet up the pressure on China.

Still, history shows the government could offer reprieves.

Otherwise poses an unacceptable risk to US national security.

China's Commerce Ministry opposed the US move against Huawei and threatened to retaliate. First came an executive order that vividly paints a picture of foreign adversaries sabotaging U.S. communications networks and compromising critical infrastructure.

During a meeting in London on Tuesday, Huawei said it was "willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments" as concerns over the security of its products used in mobile networks continued to grow.

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