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Trump issues order that appears to target China's Huawei

Trump issues order that appears to target China's Huawei

The US has repeatedly claimed that Huawei's equipment could be used for spying by China.

James Andrew Lewis, director of the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Al Jazeera that "most of the espionage cases in the United States involve China, and Huawei is a tool of the Chinese government".

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that the United States had been "abusing its national power" to "deliberately smear" Chinese companies, according to Reuters.

So can it please be allowed to put 5G modems everywhere?

The U.S. has been trying without success to persuade other governments to exclude to exclude equipment made by Huawei from super-fast 5G mobile networks that will connect billions of devices.

Arguing that "foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology and services" the USA increasingly depends on, Trump's executive order on Wednesday declares an emergency over foreign-designed, developed, manufactured or supplied information and communications technologies.

But Huawei - which is the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment - has vehemently denied the allegations.

The order would also further intensify the trade war between China and the US, which has been heating up in recent days.

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"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".

Mr Trump had already barred the U.S. government from use of Huawei equipment, but has now extended that to all USA companies.

Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is escorted by security as she leaves her home in Vancouver, Canada, on May 8, 2019.

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

Senator Ted Cruz said the order would help protect 5G networks from Huawei. Huawei has said its work does not pose any threat.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently said he was waiting for the Commerce Department to express views on how to "define the list of companies" that would be prohibited under the FCC proposal.

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

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