White House cracks down on Huawei equipment sales with executive order

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After months of speculation, President Trump has signed an executive order giving the federal government the power to ban US companies from buying foreign-made telecommunications equipment deemed a national security risk.

Under the order, which gives the Secretary of Commerce power to determine which transactions may be potential risks, no single company is immediately marked as a threat. But the plan is largely seen as a move against China-based Huawei, which some US lawmakers have deemed a security threat.

The US argues that China’s government could force companies like Huawei to install backdoors in their equipment to spy on American networks. Huawei has repeatedly denied that…

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