US President Donald Trump considers fully banning the Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE from his country’s economic market for the sale of all forms of telecom equipment. Rumors claim that President Trump wants to enforce this through an executive order to be launched in January 2019.
It would be a definitive step to exclude Huawei and ZTE from the US market. According to the United States Defense Department, the two companies cooperate directly with the Chinese government and Beijing uses Huawei and ZTE’s network equipment to spy on Americans.
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The executive order, which the White House has apparently been pondering over for eight months, could be signed in January with immediate effect. The US Department of Commerce would then forbid US companies from purchasing network equipment from foreign companies that pose a risk to national security.
Both the United States and the United Kingdom slammed China earlier this month for cyber espionage.
Hackers' group APT10, in collaboration with the Chinese authorities, has apparently hacked into numerous companies and government services in other countries. The US is already suing two suspected Chinese members of APT10.
Their group would have stolen information from companies from a variety of sectors, including biotechnology and telecommunications. According to the indictment, the hackers had also tried to gain access to services of NASA and the US Navy, where they saw the private user data from about 100,000 employees.
The criticism of the cyber practices of the Chinese government could further jeopardize the relationship between Beijing and Washington.
It is already under strain due to ongoing the trade war and the arrest of Huawei CFO Ms. Meng Wanzhou in Canada.
The British also joined into criticizing Beijing. London accuses APT10 of "a malicious cyber campaign" to gain access to sensitive commercial information in Europe, Asia, and the US. British Intelligence Services claim that the Chinese Ministry for State Security would also be involved.
China's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded: "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."
Huawei and ZTE did not comment yet, nor did the White House administration of President Trump.
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