An executive order might be signed by the US President some time next Month. The order if signed may prohibits US companies from buying products from ZTE and Huawei.
The order will direct the Commerce Department to ‘block US companies from buying equipment from foreign telecommunications makers that pose significant national security risks’.
With this order soon to be signed by Donald Trump, ZTE and Huawei becomes the first suspect that comes to our mind. This because many western countries have accused Huawei of collaborating with the Chinese government, willingly or not, allowing it to spy on its adversaries. However, the Chinese tech company has denied these accusations on multiple occasions, even asking for proof.
Countries like Canada and Australia have already banned Huawei from participating in the development of their national 5G network, and the US has been considering doing the same.
In response to the move by the US President to ban the Chinese companies, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokeswoman, Hua Chunying commented:
“It’s best to let facts speak for themselves when it comes to security problems,”
“Some countries have, without any evidence, and making use of national security, tacitly assumed crimes to politicize, and even obstruct and restrict, normal technology exchange activities,” she added.
“This in reality is undoubtedly shutting oneself off, rather than being the door to openness, progress and fairness.”
We’ll wait until the executive order is official and see what happens next.