Huawei hits back after Trump declares national emergency on telecoms ‘threat’
As many analysts expected, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order enabling it to forbid US firms from using Huawei telecommunications equipment. The order signed by Trump does not mention Huawei in particular, but effectively targets the Chinese tech giant by declaring a national economic emergency and allowing the government to ban technology solutions of “foreign adversaries” that pose “unacceptable risks” to national security. Those risks include cyber espionage and sabotage.
In response to the order, Huawei stated: “If the US restricts Huawei, it will not make the US safer, nor will it make the US stronger. It will only force the US to use inferior and expensive alternative equipment, lagging behind other countries … and ultimately harming US companies and consumers.” The Chinese government slammed the order as a “disgraceful and unjust” move that targets “specific Chinese companies.”
The US government has boycotted Huawei over security concerns and has been pushing its allies to do the same in order to prevent Huawei from providing the Chinese government with access to the data and systems of foreign governments. Both Huawei and the Chinese government have consistently denied these allegations.