May 15, The US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over threats against American technologies, the White House stated. The executive order aims to “protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services”.
The same day, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security listed Huawei and its subsidiaries among other enterprises that need to apply for permission to acquire American technologies through sale or technology transfer. The U.S. government, however, retains the right to turn down the permission if they assume the sale and transfer of the technologies will sabotage its national security and foreign policies.
Although Trump didn’t name any foreign adversaries explicitly, the move is said to be targeted against Huawei, China’s telecommunications giant and worldwide 5G champion. This decision is sure to add fuel to the flames of the ongoing U.S.— China trade war.
On May 16th, Huawei told reporters that it remains an unparalleled leader in the 5G telecom equipment market, and that it is willing to discuss product security measures with the US government. “Putting bans on Huawei will not make America more secure and stronger, but will only force Americans to use inferior and expensive replacements, and lag behind other countries in terms of 5G network construction, which will eventually harm the interests of American enterprises and consumers. Inappropriate restrictions will not only infringe Huawei’s rights but will also trigger serious legal problems.”
Huawei has been taking a strong stand on national issues. Earlier this month, May 2-3, delegates from 32 countries led by the U.S. gathered in Czechia’s capital Prague, to discussed 5G security. Huawei and other Chinese companies that have stake in the 5G industry were not invited. “We firmly believe that security principles in the future should be based on verifiable facts and tech data, rather than the supplier’s country and ideologies.” The company stated.
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