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White House cracks down on Huawei equipment sales with executive order

Submitted by The Verge on May 15, 2019 - 5:24pm

After months of speculation, President Trump has signed an executive order giving the federal government the power to block US companies from buying foreign-made telecommunications equipment deemed a national security risk.

Under the order, which gives the secretary of commerce power to determine which transactions may be potential risks, no single company is immediately marked as a threat. But the plan is largely seen as a move against China-based Huawei, which some US lawmakers have deemed a security threat.

Gives secretary of commerce power to block transactions

The US argues that China’s government could force companies like Huawei to install backdoors in their equipment to spy on American networks. Huawei has repeatedly denied...

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