Trump to Ban US Firms From Using Foreign Tech Deemed ‘Security Risk’

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"No spying, no backdoors", said Liang. Huawei Chairman Liang Hua has expressed willingness to sign "no-spying" agreements with the United States and European governments, a measure critics deem insufficient because China's cybersecurity law would override any agreement signed with foreign governments or corporations. Huawei's founder and president, Ren Zhengfei, denied the allegations in an interview with "CBS This Morning" in February. An administration official said Tuesday that the order on telecommunications technology is unrelated to the recent escalation of the trade conflict.

In January, US prosecutors charged two Huawei units in Washington state, saying that they conspired to steal T-Mobile US Inc trade secrets, and charged Huawei and its chief financial officer with bank and wire fraud on allegations that the company breached sanctions against Iran. The U.S.is seeking to extradite her.

"This is not honorable, nor is it just", Geng said. "Everything that flows from the central party is a manifestation of their philosophy", said Krebs, citing the recent Chinese cybersecurity law that effectively gives the Communist Party unlimited authority to co-opt Chinese companies for intelligence work.

Donald Trump ratcheted up his battle with China for dominance of 5G technology networks, moving to curb Huawei Technologies Co.'s access to the USA market and American suppliers.

Both Huawei and ZTE have also been targeted by the US for alleged schemes to dodge American sanctions on Iran. In December, Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Canada on suspicion of violating US sanctions concerning Iran.

The Chinese company has denied that its work poses any risks of espionage or sabotage.

Meng remains under house arrest in Vancouver while the legal proceedings unfold.

The Department of Commerce is ordered to name the companies or technologies to be banned under the emergency, and told to developed an enforcement regime, all of which will take at least several months.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in April past year voted to advance a proposal to bar the use of funds from a US$9 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to US communications networks. The order lands amid intensifying concern among US intelligence about the vulnerability of networks that rely on Huawei components. US officials say Huawei can build vulnerabilities, or backdoors, into equipment.

HUAWEI HAS said that it would be willing to sign "no-spy" contracts with governments who allow it to supply 5G equipment.

-With assistance from Todd Shields and Dandan Li.

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