Trump reportedly mulling order paving the way for Huawei ban

Sergio Conner
May 15, 2019

Huawei is offering to sign no-spy agreements with governments to sell more of its telecom equipment.

The US had previously told its allies not to use Huawei's technology to build new 5G telecommunications networks because of worries it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying.

He said the results of the telecoms supply chain review affecting Huawei's case would be announced soon and all network operators would need to comply by the decision.

And in August 2018, president Trump signed an executive order banning USA government agencies from purchasing or using telecommunications equipment from certain Chinese technology companies, including ZTE and Huawei.

In January, the administration was preparing the action, which could significantly restrict Chinese state-owned telecom companies from operating in the USA over national security concerns, people familiar with the matter said at the time. How much or how little Huawei will contribute to 5G networks in the United Kingdom is still up in the air.

Williamson has denied he leaked from the confidential talks.

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Huawei Chairman Liang Hua (梁華) said the company had never meant to spy on western consumers.

The official, who was granted anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue, said on Tuesday night that the order was not meant to single out any country or company.

He said Huawei had long cooperated with Britain's National Cyber Security Centre's oversight of its technology, and it had improved its software engineering capabilities to make them the equal of competitors. "No spying, no backdoors", said Liang.

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. "Where we are operating globally we are committed to be compliant with the locally applicable laws and regulations in that country. No spying, no back doors", and also explained that our understanding of the ways the Chinese government is alleged to wield influence over its businesses are incorrect, with Liang saying there's no local law that forces businesses to allow access to the government if requested.

Liang also believes the decision should be based on economics and security while leaving politics out of the matter.

The British government is in the middle of a furious debate over whether to let Huawei roll out its next-generation mobile service.

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