Donald Trump declares national emergency over telecoms threats

Donald Trump declares national emergency over telecoms threats

Donald Trump declares national emergency over telecoms threats

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would stop US companies from using technology deemed to be a "national security risk".

"We are willing to sign no-spy agreements with governments, including the United Kingdom government, to commit ourselves to making our equipment".

The order paves the way for a ban on doing business with China's Huawei, though it did not name specific countries or companies.

"The Executive Order prohibits transactions that involve information and communications technology or services designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary whenever the Secretary of Commerce determines that a transaction would pose a threat to national security", the Department of Commerce (DoC) statement said.

Canadian authorities last December arrested Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the USA, which seeks her extradition over allegations of violating Iran sanctions.

The German government, however, said there was no sign that China was offering a "no-spy" agreement of the kind that would help Huawei in its bid for contracts to build Germany's next-generation mobile networks.

The report, which cites three unnamed USA officials familiar with the matter, says the order has been under consideration for more than a year, but has been delayed several times - and it may get delayed again.

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The Huawei debate has pushed Britain into the heart of China's heated battle for global dominance with the United States.

While the big wireless companies have already cut ties with Huawei, small rural carriers continue to rely on Huawei and ZTE switches, and other equipment because they tend to be cheaper.

The United Kingdom is now deciding how much Huawei equipment it will use for the deployment of its 5G networks. Huawei has denied the allegations.

He explained to reporters the law could not be enforced in practice, because, "There is no law that says if we refuse to enforce it [a request from Chinese intelligence agencies], it will be a crime".

Last week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission barred China Mobile Ltd. from the U.S. market over national security concerns and said it was opening a review of other Chinese companies.

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