Washington / US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Wednesday to prohibit companies in his country from using equipment of telecommunications manufactured by companies that allegedly try to spy on America, which could restrict business with Chinese firms like Huawei.
The president captured his decision in an executive order, which is directed against the “foreign adversaries” of the United States, but he does not specifically name China, although he exacerbates the battle for control of the 5G networks.
The executive order doesn’t automatically impose restrictions on the purchase of telecommunications equipment, but gives the secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, 150 days to establish which companies must be subject to new limitations to pose a danger to the security of the United States.
In particular, Trump expressed in the executive order concern about the possibility of foreign companies using their access to U.S. companies to steal data or sabotage essential services for the functioning of the country, such as the transport network.
Protecting the country as a primary objective
Trump proclaimed the order by invoking a 1977 law that gives authority to the president to regulate the country’s trade in response to a “national emergency.”
In this regard, the President argued that the intrusion of rival country firms in U.S. Telecommunications is a “national emergency.”
In a statement, White House spokesman Sarah Sanders believes Trump’s decision seeks to “protect information and communication services and technology” of the United States.
“The president, -she said-, has made it clear that this administration will do whatever it takes to keep America safe and prosperous, and to protect the U.S. from foreign adversaries who are actively exploiting and increasingly vulnerabilities in information and communication technology infrastructure and services”.
Huawei, no access to American technology
In a post-executive order decision, the Department of Commerce included Huawei in a list of companies and people to which access to American technology is prohibited.
“The sale or transfer of American technology to a company or person on the list requires a license, and the license may be refused if the sale or transfer damages the U.S. national security or its foreign policy interests”, said the department.
The United States is leading a global campaign to prevent Chinese companies, such as Huawei, from taking control of the 5G networks, that allow you to surf the Internet with much more speed and could facilitate the development of autonomous vehicles and techniques for surgery by remote control.
Indeed, the US government has pressured the European Union (EU) to impose restrictions on Huawei, which is at the forefront of the development of 5G technology.
Washington fears that China uses Huawei’s 5G networks for espionage, some accusations that China’s company has categorically denied in the past. (May 16, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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