US President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency over technology designed or produced by 'foreign adversaries, ' an act widely understood to target China's ZTE and Huawei in an effort to freeze them out of 5G market.
The order authorises the Secretary of Commerce to "prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons", the statement added. In January 2018, USA carriers shunned Huawei's newly-launched flagship, the Mate 10 Pro.
But Huawei - which is the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment - has vehemently denied the allegations.
"The security and resilience of the UK's telecoms networks is of paramount importance, and we have strict controls for how Huawei equipment is now deployed in the United Kingdom". "And we absolutely never install backdoors".
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At a hearing on May 14, USA senators raised alarm about allies using Chinese equipment in 5G networks.
Allowing the participation of Huawei in Germany's 5G project would mean the U.S. won't be able to maintain the same level of cooperation with Germany's security agencies, U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell said in March.
The order, called Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain, prevents foreign involvement in the nation's carrier networks and comes after rumors that Trump would be banning Huawei this week. 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.
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.
Huawei's chairman told reporters via an interpreter in London on Tuesday (May 14) the Chinese company would be willing to sign a "no-spy agreement" with the United Kingdom, The Guardian reports. That doesn't include the extra cost of next-generation equipment and upgrades from more expensive Western suppliers. Meng, who maintains her innocence, is fighting extradition.