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Trump Readies to Sign Order Banning Chinese Telecom Suppliers

In particular, the U.S. has targeted Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. as potentially risky suppliers.

CapitalWatch Staff
    Feb 07, 2019 4:37 PM  PT
Trump Readies to Sign Order Banning Chinese Telecom Suppliers

As part of the White House effort to block Chinese telecom equipment from being used in U.S. wireless networks, President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order officially imposing a ban on the products, according to new report from Politico.com. 

The order, which is expected in the next couple weeks, is intended to occur before the industry event, MWC Barcelona, which is scheduled for Feb. 25-28, the website reported. 

The United States has been increasingly concerned that telecom equipment produced by Chinese companies as part of a global adoption of the next-generation 5G technology could pose serious security risks.

In particular, the U.S. has targeted Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp. as potentially risky suppliers. Both companies have denied any wrongdoing.

Just this week, a U.S. State Department Official told Reuters that the administration sees the European Union as its top priority in a global effort to convince allies not to buy Huawei equipment.

Following meetings with the European Commission and the Belgian government in Brussels, U.S. officials were also set to take a message to France, Germany, and other capitals that the world's biggest telecommunications gear maker poses a security risk, said the official, who declined to be named.

"We are saying you need to be very, very cautious and we are urging folks not to rush ahead and sign contracts with untrusted suppliers from countries like China," the official said in Brussels after meeting EU and Belgian counterparts.

While Washington has already largely barred Huawei from supplying its government and contractors, it sees advanced European preparations for 5G mobile networks as a security risk that could also endanger the United States.

"Going with an untrusted supplier like Huawei or ZTE will have all sorts of ramifications for your national security and ... since we are military allies with almost all members of the European Union, on our national security as well," the official said.

(Reuters contributed to this article.)


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