Huawei says willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements

Huawei says willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements

Huawei says willing to sign 'no-spy' agreements

Chinese telecom giant Huawei is prepared to sign a "no-spy" agreement with countries including the United Kingdom, the company's chairman said on Tuesday, as the head of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said Britain must ensure the security of its mobile networks.

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 USA market.

Estimates suggest around a fifth of rural carriers in the United States use either equipment made by Huawei or, another Chinese company, ZTE, although many of their larger telecoms companies have already cut ties.

One person familiar with the situation said Trump planned to issue the order on Wednesday afternoon.

Washington's broader geopolitical concerns have been heightened by a law enacted by Beijing in 2017 obliging Chinese companies to aid the government on national security issues. Soon, the same might be true for US companies.

China's Foreign Ministry accused the USA of "deliberately discrediting" Chinese companies.

Canadian authorities last December arrested Huawei's Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the USA, which seeks her extradition over allegations of violating Iran sanctions.

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

The White House and Commerce Department declined to comment. And the order might eventually name specific companies or countries as Commerce carries out the process.

Huawei is the world's largest maker of telecoms equipment.

It follows concerns from some countries that China could use products made by the telecoms firm for surveillance.

The U.S. says Chinese law compels Huawei to cooperate with Beijing's espionage agencies.

However, the German government says it has not now received any offers for a no-spy contract to help win a bid there to build its 5G network.

-With assistance from Todd Shields and Dandan Li.

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