Trump to sign order paving way for Huawei US telecom ban: report

May 15, 2019 09:28
Huawei may be effectively blocked from the US market if Donald Trump signs an executive order that targets telecoms vendors perceived to pose national security risk. Photo: Reuters

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week barring American companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms posing a national security risk, paving the way for a ban on doing business with China’s Huawei, Reuters reports, citing sources.

The order, which will not name specific countries or companies, has been under consideration for more than a year but has repeatedly been delayed. 

The executive order will invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which gives the president the authority to regulate commerce in response to a national emergency that threatens the United States.

The order will direct the Commerce Department, working with other government agencies, to draw up a plan for enforcement, sources told Reuters.

Washington believes equipment made by Huawei Technologies could be used by the Chinese state to spy.

Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Washington has been actively pushing other countries not to use Huawei’s equipment in next-generation 5G networks that it calls “untrustworthy.”

In August, Trump signed a bill that barred the US government itself from using equipment from Huawei and another Chinese provider, ZTE Corp.

In January, US prosecutors charged two Huawei units in Washington state saying they conspired to steal T-Mobile US 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.

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