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Trump orders national emergency on information security; Commerce Department follows with Huawei restrictions

2019-05-16 09:24:40       source:South China Morning Post

May 16, 2019

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday declaring a national emergency barring the use of telecommunications equipment made by companies that are deemed a threat to national security, clearing the way for an outright ban on products made by Huawei.

The Executive Order did not name China or Chinese companies specifically. However, separately, and soon after the order was signed, the US Commerce Department did just that.

The Commerce Department added Huawei and 70 affiliates to its “Entity List” after it concluded that the Chinese company was engaged in activities “contrary to US national security or foreign policy interests”. Inclusion in the list means purchasing Huawei equipment by a United States company, person or government agency now requires a specific license “to export, reexport and/or transfer (in-country).”

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