UPDATED 11:07 AM PT — Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018
Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE may soon be the subject of a new executive order penned by President Trump. The order, which could be issued shortly after the new year, would reportedly stop American companies from using telecom equipment from the two Chinese companies as a matter of national security.
The U.S. has accused both firms of working for the Chinese government, saying some of the equipment the companies manufacture may have been used to spy on Americans.
China’s foreign ministry recently responded to the allegations and reports of impending executive action by President Trump.
“One should better talk about security issues with facts,” stated Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. “Some countries, without any evidence, are abusing the national security and politicizing and putting up all sorts of barriers on the normal scientific and technological exchanges — this is to shut themselves off from the openness, progress and fairness.”
Huawei and ZTE have denied the allegations. This executive order follows a recent defense bill passed in August, which prohibits federal agencies from doing business with the two Chinese firms.