U.S. President Donald Trump might sign his executive order this week that would bar U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment that could pose a national security risk.
The executive order would essentially ban any business with Huawei, the Shenzhen-based company that has been under scrutiny by the country for using backdoor tactics in its technology to spy on citizens.
Citing three U.S. officials familiar with the matter, Reuters reported this order isn’t going to name specific companies and that it has been under consideration for over a year and has repeatedly been delayed.
The last time mention of this executive order was in December, around the same time Huawei’s global CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver.
The order would invoke the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a law that grants the president the authority to regulate any commerce that could pose a national security threat to the U.S.
If the executive order is signed, it would come at a time when China and the U.S. face tense trade relations.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the U.S. had been “abusing its national power” to push away and stifle certain Chinese companies.
“This is not honourable, nor is it just,” he said.
“We urge the United States to stop using the excuse of security issues to unreasonably suppress Chinese companies, and provide a fair, just, non-discriminatory environment for Chinese companies carrying out normal investments and operations in the United States.”
Trump signed a bill that barred the U.S. government from using equipment from Huawei in August, and since then has been lobbying other countries from doing the same.
A review of Huawei and 5G in Canada is currently being conducted and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said a decision may come before the federal election. However, a government source told Bloomberg that a decision may now happen after the election.
In any case, it’s important to note that Goodale was specifically speaking about the ongoing review of 5G technology and not on specific companies.