Trump extends Huawei ban till May 2021

President Donald Trump has extended the ban of Huawei for another year i.e. May 2021 as this was planned to expire on May 15, 2020.

Huawei ban is as per the executive order which talks about declaring a national emergency and barring US companies from using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) equipment used by firms posing a national security risk to the country.

As per Donald Trump order, “This threat continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on May 15, 2019, must continue in effect beyond May 15, 2020. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13873 with respect to securing the information and communications technology and services supply chain.”

The act talks about the unrestricted acquisition or use in the United States of information and communications technology or services designed, developed, manufactured or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of foreign adversaries augments the ability of these foreign adversaries to create and exploit vulnerabilities in information and communications technology or services, with potentially catastrophic effects.

On May 15, 2019, Donald Trump had declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States posed by the unrestricted acquisition and use of certain information and communications technology and services transactions. The ban was for a year.

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