Trump declares ‘national emergency’ to make way for Huawei ban - Starlink Blog


Trump declares ‘national emergency’ to make way for Huawei ban

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The order tasked the Commerce Department with drafting enforcement plans within 150 days. All US government agencies were expected to take “all appropriate measures” to follow the order.

While the emergency declaration doesn’t mention China by name, there’s no doubt that the country is the primary target. The US government has repeatedly deterred companies and institutions from working with firms like Huawei and ZTE over surveillance fears and has accused Huawei of receiving direct funding from Chinese state security. Its charges against Huawei for alleged trade secret and sanction violations were well-timed, too. There hasn’t been public evidence of Huawei facilitating Chinese government espionage, but that hasn’t stopped US officials from applying pressure to allies like Canada and the UK.

In some ways, the order is a formality. American carriers have generally shied away from using Chinese equipment for their network upgrades, and Chinese phones are rare to non-existent in their lineups. All the same, the order is a significant move — if and when China is singled out, it would bar companies from using the country’s telecom hardware no matter how limited the actual danger might be.


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