Huawei chairman agrees to sign 'no-spy' deal

The Huawei logo is seen at a bus stop in Mexico City Mexico

The Huawei logo is seen at a bus stop in Mexico City Mexico

Huawei is criticized relentlessly for allegedly participating in espionage activities under direction from the Chinese government, an accusation that is repeatedly denied by both Huawei and China and has never been fully proven. And in August 2018, president Trump signed an executive order banning US government agencies from purchasing or using telecommunications equipment from certain Chinese technology companies, including ZTE and Huawei. The move paves the way for a ban on doing business with China's Huawei Technologies.

Huawei Chairman Liang Hua (梁華) said the company had never meant to spy on western consumers.

So can it please be allowed to put 5G modems everywhere?

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in April previous year voted to advance a proposal to bar the use of funds from a US$9 billion government fund to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to US communications networks.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai applauded Trump's executive order, saying it would safeguard the USA communications supply chain.

Trump's action comes just days after US-China trade talks broke down without a deal, and the US placed into effect a tariff increase on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese imports.

But Huawei - which is the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment - has vehemently denied the allegations.

The move comes just days after the United States and China failed to reach a deal to end the trade war between the countries.

The main USA wireless carriers have vowed not to use Huawei equipment in their 5G networks, but rural providers have relied on the company's low-priced equipment and warned of the potential impact of a ban.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department charged Huawei and its U.S. affiliate with theft of trade secrets conspiracy, attempted theft of trade secrets, seven counts of wire fraud, and one count of obstruction of justice.

Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is escorted by security as she leaves her home in Vancouver, Canada, on May 8, 2019.

Last week, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission barred China Mobile Ltd. from the U.S. market over national security concerns and said it was opening a review of other Chinese companies. Soon, the same might be true for US companies. Canadian authorities last December arrested Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the USA, which seeks her extradition over allegations of violating Iran sanctions. In January 2018, US carriers shunned Huawei's newly-launched flagship, the Mate 10 Pro.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, who has called Huawei a threat to US security, said Wednesday that "given the threats presented by certain foreign companies' equipment and services, this is a significant step toward securing America's networks".

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