US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in US on Wednesday citing threats to United States Telecommunications. Donald Trump in an executive order mentioned that the US adversaries are taking advantage of the technological vulnerabilities of US.
The White House mentioned in a statement said the President has taken the action “to protect America from foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States.”
Though the order did not specifically mention the foreign adversaries, but if seen in the light of US-China trade wars, it appears to have been clearly targeted at Huawei, a Chinese company whose net gears are used widely by the telecom industry.
In the midst of escalating Trade wars US fears that China might use Huawei to gain access to commercial and private information which would amount to serious compromise on the security intelligence information of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).
In 2018, Trump signed a bill that barred the US government from using equipment made by Huawei and ZTE Corp of China. Apart from this, the US President has been persuading all its allies not to use any equipment made by Huawei.
Early this year, Justice Department of the US filed criminal charges against the company’s executive heads accusing the company of stealing trade secrets, misleading banks and violated US sanctions.
The US is also seeking to extradite the chief finacial officer of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou who was arrested in Canada last December.
Trump has been complaining of China’s trade practices since 2016. The US President went on to impose tariffs on billions worth products from China with China retaliating with similar impositions on US exports. The present move is said to cause further escalation of the ongoing trade wars between Washington and Beijing.