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Trump order clears way for barring Huawei from U.S. telecommunications networks

By David Shepardson

 

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FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen at a bus stop in Mexico City, Mexico February 22, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. 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 Technologies Co.

 

The executive order invokes 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 directs the Commerce Department, working with other government agencies, to draw up a plan for enforcement within 150 days.

 

Members of Congress said the order was squarely aimed at Chinese companies like Huawei that U.S. intelligence officials say could be used by the Chinese state to spy.

 

"China’s main export is espionage, and the distinction between the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese ‘private-sector’ businesses like Huawei is imaginary," Republican Senator Ben Sasse said.

 

Senator Ted Cruz said the order would help protect 5G networks from Huawei.

 

The order, which has been under review for more than a year, is aimed at protecting the supply chain from "foreign adversaries to the nation's information and communications technology and services supply chain," said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

 

"Under President Trump's leadership, Americans will be able to trust that our data and infrastructure are secure," he said.

 

Reuters reported on Tuesday that Trump was expected to take action on the long-awaited proposal this week. The order does not specifically name any country or company, but U.S. officials have previously labeled Huawei a "threat" and actively lobbied allies to not using Huawei network equipment in next generation 5G networks.

 

The executive order comes at a delicate time in relations between China and the United States as the world's two largest economies ratchet up tariffs in a battle over what U.S. officials call China's unfair trade practices.

 

Washington believes equipment made by Huawei could be used by the Chinese state to spy. Huawei, which has repeatedly denied the allegations, did not immediately comment.

 

The United States 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 U.S. government itself from using equipment from Huawei and another Chinese provider, ZTE Corp.

 

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, who has called Huawei a threat to U.S. 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."

 

The order directs the director of U.S. National Intelligence to produce an assessment by late June on the risks to the United States and critical infrastructure "from information and communications technology or services designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary."

 

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.

 

The FCC in April 2018 voted to advance a proposal to bar the use of a $9 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to U.S. communications networks.

 

The FCC voted unanimously to deny China Mobile Ltd’s bid to provide U.S. telecommunications services last week and said it was reviewing similar prior approvals held by China Unicom and China Telecom Corp.

 

The issue has taken on new urgency as U.S. wireless carriers rollout 5G networks.

 

While the big wireless companies have already cut ties with Huawei, small rural carriers continue to rely on both Huawei and ZTE switches and other equipment because they tend to be cheaper.

 

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Brown)

 

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Alen touring (last name mispelled)comes to mind or heady Lamar but she was hot lol

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the trade thing was always about 5G, AI and autonomous vehicles i.e. that China simply has the biggest market in terms of people to adopt it and without all kinds of regulatory and mass media stuff to deal with such as a Tesla catching on fire etc etc... can plod ahead of....... USA. it was not about "fair trade", steel production or Make Farmers Great Again baseball caps..... and be first to market.... globally, yes?
 

same same?  a better border wall was never about drugs, "jobs" and "Mexican rapists". it was, in general, about things already predicted eons ago now, such as what has, a little more recently, been exposed as very poor, yet very near term, projected rainfall patterns for most of..... Mexico and large swaths of South America..... due to something we can't even talk about in the USA at all rationally, Climate.  because it conflicts with too many folks version of how, and "why" of course,  the Universe was created.  it's true.

same thing.  Trump all his life never buys b.s.  another example?  "fight the international communists, and besides, it'll be easy for us to conquer a little country like Vietnam and we are winning! in South Vietnam! we are winning big".  Trump?  bone spurs. 
 

another example. street smart New Yorker.  not what he says.  what he does, and all along. 

this trade thing is huge.  and China will fight to the end.  maybe.

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back at ya; no chinese owned, leased or operated airplanes over Japan, Korea, USA, Canada, I can go on all day. 

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3 hours ago, Tug said:

Alen touring (last name mispelled)comes to mind or heady Lamar but she was hot lol

I always confuse Heady with Hedley.  :cheesy:

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59 minutes ago, jimmyyy said:

Any property owned in the USA by Chinese Nationals, or corporations you now have 30 days to sell any and all property to a US Citizen and depart the country any funds you are taking out are now taxed at 90%.

Why?

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1 hour ago, mrmicbkktxl said:

Then trump should build a wall around the whole USA,then the USA can trade within the 50states.A few more years trump and nobody will deal with american products anymore

Their other problem is half their states hate the other half. 

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The Chinese state are already up to tricks in Africa:

 

In neighboring Zimbabwe, where Hikvision surveillance cameras are being installed in the capital, Guangzhou-based CloudWalk Technology Co. won a contract last year for Africa’s first artificial intelligence project. It stalled when the government asked for a discount after learning that facial data would be transmitted to China to help the company perfect its technology, says Shingi Magada, a China-based Zimbabwean consultant who helped broker the deal.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-01-10/china-s-digital-silk-road-is-looking-more-like-an-iron-curtain

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1 hour ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

The Chinese state are already up to tricks in Africa:

 

In neighboring Zimbabwe, where Hikvision surveillance cameras are being installed in the capital, Guangzhou-based CloudWalk Technology Co. won a contract last year for Africa’s first artificial intelligence project. It stalled when the government asked for a discount after learning that facial data would be transmitted to China to help the company perfect its technology, says Shingi Magada, a China-based Zimbabwean consultant who helped broker the deal.

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-01-10/china-s-digital-silk-road-is-looking-more-like-an-iron-curtain

Sounds like what Apple and more recently Google have been doing for years.

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6 hours ago, pegman said:

Canadians hate Trump. His approval rating here is like 6.5%. Most of the rest of the world same applies. Israel and maybe Poland  are likely to go along I guess but no one else.

I think you forgot about Saudi Arabia and UAE. But the basic point is right. Not too much support out there. In fact, if you took a poll of American voters. I doubt there would be too much support if Trump actually goes to war except for diehard Trumpistas who applaud Trump from disentangling the US from foreign entanglements and doubtless now will applaud him for doing the opposite.

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