US executive order banning Huawei 'within days', say officials
THE White House is on the verge of signing in an executive order that would effectively exclude Chinese telecoms, like Shenzhen's Huawei, from doing business in the US, reports Hong Kong's South China Morning Post
18 February 2019 - 19:00
Although the current draft of the order does not explicitly name China or individual companies, the officials said, it is clear that Huawei is among the top targets.
US electronics companies that use Chinese-made components in their products will not be affected by the order, they added, and carriers that have already installed Huawei gear will not be forced to remove it.
Washington is ramping up its pressure on Chinese firms that it claims pose national security threats due to ties with Beijing. Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged European leaders to come together to resist the influence of Huawei in 5G networks.
A March 6 hearing is set in Vancouver for Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, arrested in December on fraud charges. The US is seeking Meng's extradition, and Canada will weigh whether the charges against her merit fulfilling the request.
A second case centred on Huawei's alleged theft of trade secrets from T-Mobile is set to be heard by a judge in Washington on February 28.
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