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Donald Trump expected to sign order banning Huawei from United States networks

15 May 2019

The report, which cites three unnamed US 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.

Huawei's chairman told reporters via an interpreter in London on Tuesday (May 14) the Chinese company would be willing to sign a "no-spy agreement" with the United Kingdom, The Guardian reports.

The order is expected to invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a federal law that authorizes the president to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency in response to an extraordinary threat to the US. Reuters noted the measure would direct the US Department of Commerce to draw up a plan of action for enforcement.

The move would come as relations between the U.S. and China continue to break down, with the past week having seen both sides ratchet up tariffs.

Washington has told allies not to use Huawei's technology to build new 5G telecommunications networks because of worries it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying, an accusation the firm has denied.

This is expected to include China's Huawei, given the U.S. has repeatedly claimed the company's kit could be used for spying on foreign countries by the Chinese state. "We urge the U.S.to stop citing security concerns as an excuse to unreasonably suppress Chinese companies and provide a fair and equitable and non-discriminatory environment for Chinese companies to operate in the U.S".

And the USA has been trying to coax other countries to avoid using Huawei's 5G equipment, with Australia, New Zealand and Japan following suit.

The FCC voted unanimously to deny China Mobile Ltd's bid to provide USA telecommunications services last week and said it was reviewing similar prior approvals held by China Unicom and China Telecom Corp.

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.

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

Donald Trump expected to sign order banning Huawei from United States networks