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Executive order banning use of Huawei products seen as increased pressure on China

  • May 16, 2019
  • , Nikkei , NHK
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NHK reported at noon on the executive order signed by President Trump yesterday banning American companies from using telecom technology and services provided by entities posing a national security risk, which apparently targets Huawei, along with the Department of Commerce’s announcement of a ban on the sale of Huawei electronic parts without government permission. NHK noted that since the arrest of Huawei’s Vice Chairman Meng Wanzhou by Canada at the U.S.’s request last December, the Trump administration has been putting increasing pressure on Huawei, regarding it as a security risk. The network also observed that the latest moves are seen to be aimed at increasing pressure on China to draw concessions in the bilateral trade talks. NHK conjectured that the U.S. is alarmed by Huawei’s growing global presence in building 5G telecom infrastructure and concerned that China may take control of global 5G networks. Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga was shown making the following comments this morning: “Ensuring the security of 5G networks is extremely important for Japan’s national security. We are closely watching developments related to this issue, including the U.S. government’s moves.”


Newspapers ran similar stories online, with Nikkei speculating that the executive order is intended to apply pressure on Japan and other U.S. partners to join hands in excluding the Chinese tech giant from the 5G market. Speculating that the Trump administration may not condone foreign firms’ supplying Huawei with parts made by U.S. manufacturers, the daily wrote that the latest U.S. measures penalizing the Chinese firm appears to be more stringent than the earlier one and that Japanese and other foreign enterprises may need to be aware of the risk of sanctions being imposed on them by Washington if they choose to do business with Huawei.

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