AMerika's President Donald Trump has given his government a comprehensive decree to crack down on foreign telecom companies. The US government will do everything to “protect America from foreign enemies,” said Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
The White House said on Wednesday that the measure was not directed against a specific country or company. But it is believed that Trump wants to meet with China and the company Huawei there – especially since the United States is currently fiercely engaged in a trade dispute with the People's Republic.
Huawei, one of the largest telecommunications equipment providers in the world, has long been suspected by the US authorities of using its corporate espionage activities for China. The company has little presence in the US market, but is a leading provider of fifth-generation (5G) infrastructure technology, designed to deliver significantly faster data transfer rates.
In the United States, Germany and other countries, the Chinese have come under pressure for security concerns surrounding data networks. Some security experts demand that Huawei be completely excluded from the expansion of the new 5G mobile network in Germany. The Federal Government does not endorse the general exclusion of Huawei and other suppliers from China, but relies on a diversification of orders among different providers.
Danger to national security interests
The US Department of Commerce postponed a statement from the White House statement that there was sufficient reason to believe that Huawei's activities were in conflict with US national security interests or US foreign policy interests. Anyone who wants to sell or transfer American technology to Huawei would have to acquire a license in the future. This can be denied if national security interests are affected.
The American Ambassador to Berlin, Richard Grenell, had previously suggested that the United States could reduce its intelligence cooperation with Germany if the Federal Republic of Germany grants Huawei access to the German 5G market.
With the decree issued on Wednesday Trump declares the National Telecom Emergency. This allows the government to stop extensive business between American companies and companies from “opposing” states – which is controversial even in America. Critics believe that the 5G technology could be used there without the Chinese only much later nationwide.
“The president has made it clear that this government will do what is necessary to ensure American security,” the White House said. It was about protecting the country from “foreign enemies” who actively and increasingly exploited vulnerabilities in information and communication technology. The Ministry of Commerce is therefore entitled in the future to prohibit all transactions that represent an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the safety of Americans.
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