Huawei willing to sign "no-spy" pacts with governments

Lester Mason
May 15, 2019

Chairman Liang Hua promised Huawei won't do that again and said: "We are willing to sign a no-spy agreement with the United Kingdom government".

The pledge came as President Trump is preparing to sign an executive order banning American companies from using telecommunications equipment made by companies deemed to be a national security risk, which would effectively bar the Chinese tech giant from the U.S. market.

The U.S. government is already prohibited from using Huawei's telecommunications equipment.

Huawei has also said it is independent from the Chinese government, but some countries have blocked it from their 5G networks on national security grounds.

This escalated a damaging trade war which only recently seemed to be nearing a conclusion.

The order, as it was conceived earlier this year, would not outright ban USA sales by the companies, but would give greater authority to the Commerce Department to review products and purchases by firms connected to adversarial countries, including China, one of the people said. Soon, the same might be true for US companies.

China hawks in the Trump administration have been pushing the president for months to sign the executive order, as the USA security and intelligence establishment sounds louder alarms about the Chinese company. Both Huawei and ZTE Corp. have also been targeted by the USA for alleged schemes to dodge American sanctions on Iran.

Ms May fired defence minister Gavin Williamson - one of the cabinet's big critics of China - earlier this month over a leak alleging that her government will allow Huawei to play a limited 5G role.

The administration has been urging allies to analyze risk before buying gear, Robert Strayer, deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy at the State Department, told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on Tuesday.

It follows concerns from some countries that China could use products made by the telecoms firm for surveillance. USA officials said Huawei can build vulnerabilities, or backdoors, into equipment. Furthermore, concerns about Chinese law requiring Huawei to cooperate with China's intelligence agencies were simply hype.

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