Huawei Targetted

President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring US companies from using telecoms gear from sources deemed national security threats. This action comes at the same time Chinese telecoms giant Huawei was added to the Entity List of companies thought to be undermining American interests.

US companies may need a license to continue supplying Huawei with crucial components. The company relies on US suppliers such such as Intel, Qualcomm, Micron, Microsoft and Oracle.

Huawei is the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world and second largest manufacturer of smartphones, behind Samsung. The US (as well as others) alleges that Huawei’s infrastructure equipment contains backdoors that may enable surveillance by the Chinese government.