Trump reportedly will ban Chinese telecom equipment next week

Gladys Abbott
February 9, 2019

Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with the Chinese government and USA -led allegations that its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.

"Enhancing our software engineering capabilities is like replacing components on a high-speed train in motion", he wrote in a letter to MP Norman Lamb.

The report from the United Kingdom government's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was published in July previous year, finding two low-priority national security findings and two advisory issues in its annual evaluation of the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC).

United States justice officials last month unveiled sweeping charges against Huawei, including against a top executive whose arrest in Canada on a U.S. warrant ratcheted up tensions between the two superpowers.

It is a complicated process and will take at least three to five years to see tangible results.

Huawei has raised suspicions in the west for its close ties to the Chinese government and fears are that the company may be an integral tool of the superpower's global espionage capabilities.

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"We haven't been able to do our work as members of parliament", said Senator Elisabeth Lamure, who is also vice-chair of the upper house's committee for economic affairs.

Governments in Europe, Japan, and Australia are also considering or have ordered bans on Huawei equipment. The order will ban Chinese telecommunications equipment from being used by US carriers.

Liu said Huawei hired 12,000 people in Europe and in 2018 procured $6.3 billion worth of goods in Europe. "Were Huawei ever to engage in malicious behaviour, it would not go unnoticed - and it would certainly destroy our business".

A hot potato: China is able to pump out mass quantities of affordable tech products, but cellular networking equipment produced by Chinese companies is on the brink of a total ban from the United States according to administration insiders. No EU-wide law has been introduced on the matter to date, and any restrictions on 5G contracts for national security reasons remain a decision for individual nations.

The next British report is expected to be released in coming weeks.

So far, Huawei hasn't responded to Politico's report.

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