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

Donald Trump to issue order effectively blocking Huawei from US

The order does not specifically name any country or company, but US officials have previously labelled Huawei a "threat".

Trump's action comes just days after US-China trade talks broke down without a deal, and the US placed into effect a tariff increase on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese imports.

The executive order doesn't outright ban US sales by the companies, but would give greater authority to the Commerce Department to review products and purchases by firms connected to adversarial countries, including China.

President Donald Trump walks to speak to the media, in Washington, on May 14, 2019.

"The security and resilience of the [United Kingdom's] telecoms networks is of paramount importance, and we have strict controls for how Huawei equipment is now deployed in the United Kingdom", a British government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Washington believes equipment made by Huawei could be used by the Chinese state to spy - an allegation the Chinese company has repeatedly denied.

The order the White House announced on Wednesday does not name specific countries or companies but the administration has been trying to stop allied nations including the United Kingdom from using equipment from the Chinese tech company Huawei.

The Chinese government insists it has not compromised the security of Huawei equipment and charges to the contrary are merely an effort to "smear" Chinese companies as a tactic in the larger US trade war with China.

The U.S. started a soft ban on Huawei equipment around December 2017, when a group of U.S. lawmakers sent a letter warning about Huawei's role in Chinese "espionage".

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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 USA communications networks.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last week said that he is waiting for the department to express views on how to "define the list of companies" that would be prohibited under the FCC proposal.

Trade talks between the USA and China are teetering after Beijing reneged on tentative agreements, according to the president and American officials.

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

But it will affect small, rural carriers, some 25 percent of which use either Huawei or ZTE equipment in their networks.

The logo of China's ZTE Corp is seen on a building in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, April 19, 2018.

The UK, however, didn't impose a complete ban on Huawei but the country said that it has strict controls for how Huawei's equipment is deployed.

Some countries, including Australia, have taken steps to block Huawei from the 5G networks, but the United Kingdom and others reportedly plan to still allow the firm to participate.

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