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U.S. blacklists Chinese telecom company

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/16/19, 11:55 am

China on Thursday said it will “resolutely safeguard” its companies after the United States labeled telecom giant Huawei a security risk and curbed U.S. technology sales to it. The Department of Commerce on Wednesday added Huawei and 70 of its affiliates to the Entity List, which bans the company from buying U.S. technology without official consent. The agency said it has “a reasonable basis to conclude that Huawei is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interest.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang criticized the move as an “abuse of export control measures” and warned the United States to “stop the wrong approach.”

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order barring U.S. companies from using telecom equipment from any manufacturer considered a national security risk. The order does not list any particular companies, but the United States has been pressuring China to stop unfair business practices.

Huawei denies allegations that it spies on China’s behalf. The telecom company released a statement warning that restricting its business operations in the United States will harm the interests of U.S. companies and consumers. “We are ready and willing to engage with the U.S. government and come up with effective measures to ensure product security,” it said.

Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei, is under house arrest in Vancouver for U.S.-based charges of violating sanctions against Iran. Her lawyers are attempting to fight her extradition from Canada to the United States.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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    Posted: Thu, 05/16/2019 02:23 pm

    I have two questions I hope World journalists might consider:

    1. Why are US farmers to tied to produce sales to China? I hear a great deal in the media about how bad tarriffs are for US farmers.  What would it take to open other markets for US farm products?

    2. What benefits are hoped to see with continued tarriffs on China? I hear very little in the media about how China has stolen intellectual property and has made it more difficult for US companies to compete (in some cases, stealing technology and running US companies out of business)

    Posted: Thu, 05/16/2019 03:18 pm

    We need to get back to Made in the USA.

    Our gov't should have seen this coming a long time ago. Maybe they did.

    Maybe Clinton did when he handed the keys to the WH to China when he was pres.