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Trump, CIA, FBI: National emergency! Don't use Huawei!

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America   Donald Trump declares national emergency and blacklists Huawei

Donald Trump has declared a national emergency over threats against US technology and banned Chinese firm Huawei from buying US technology without an approved licence.

The US president issued an executive order blocking transactions involving information or communications technology that “poses an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.”

The US Department of Commerce announced Huawei and its 70 affiliates had been added to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List, an index of companies and people deemed a threat to American security, preventing US companies from selling technology to Huawei without a licence approved by the BIS.

Huawei is now effectively prevented from selling its products and technologies to the US market.

The company provides equipment to major carriers around the world containing US components, and obtaining a licence would involve having to demonstrate the exchange would not harm US national security, which is likely to be difficult.

Huawei said it was “ready and willing” to engage with the US government to draw up “effective measures to ensure product security”.

US intelligence agencies including the National Security Agency (NSA), FBI and CIA have previously implored American citizens to avoid using Huawei smartphones, other electronics and services over fears the company may pass user data back to the Chinese government and engage in espionage.

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