Huawei open to European supervision: executive in speech

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As infrastructure for the next generation of ultra-high speed internet, known as 5G, is being developed, US officials want "to move the needle" on security, a source close to the administration told Politico.

The French Senate rejected on Wednesday proposed legislation aimed at toughening checks on telecoms equipment, following a USA warning about Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

According to Politico, citing three sources, President Donald Trump will sign the executive order before the major conference in Barcelona.

"We have no intention of adopting any such initiatives", a statement from the government says.

Huawei has repeatedly denied that its telecommunication technology poses a threat to the USA security. It remains to be seen whether the offer of in-house supervision will sway officials, as the United States continues to turn up the pressure on allies to follow suit.

In December, the Justice Department indicted two Chinese operatives for a decadelong campaign of digital intrusions into U.S. businesses and government agencies.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order next week that would ban Chinese telecommunication equipment from US wireless networks, Politico reported late Thursday, citing three sources.

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Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, faces global scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government and suspicion Beijing could use its technology for spying, something the company has denied. Last month, the US Department of Justice charged the Chinese company with trying to steal a robot design from T-Mobile and attempting to sidestep US sanctions on Iran.

Italian phone incumbent Telecom Italia has previously said it will keep working with Huawei until told otherwise by the government. Both companies have denied any wrongdoing.

It added: "Due to areas of concern exposed through the proper functioning of the mitigation strategy and associated oversight mechanisms, the oversight board can provide only limited assurance that all risks to United Kingdom national security from Huawei's involvement in the UK's critical networks have been sufficiently mitigated".

"Recently, Huawei has been under constant attack by some countries and politicians". But Trump's executive order might spark a response from the Chinese government, which is now locked in trade negotiations with the White House.

Huawei could still be excluded from 5G networks if these guidelines become very strict.

The Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE have been in the Trump administration's crosshairs as part of a broader focus on Chinese national security threats that has paralleled the ongoing trade war.