Foreign investment group asks U.S. government to suspend ban on Huawei

BY ALEXA HILMON | AP Technology Writer

WASHINGTON — A U.S. business coalition has asked the Foreign Investment Risk Review Chamber to stay an order it received Friday from the federal government that prohibits Huawei Technologies from doing business in the United States.

The petition by the Coalition for Responsible Investment (CRII) seeks a stay of the order from the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The company, which provides equipment for the telecommunications industry, is one of the largest suppliers of wireless equipment in the world.

The Justice Department in April 2016 charged Huawei’s former U.S. chief financial officer with stealing trade secrets, even though Huawei said she was fired for unrelated reasons. The Justice Department indictment claimed that she stole trade secrets from T-Mobile US.

As part of the investigation, the government ordered Huawei to install equipment that could be monitored by the U.S. government for security reasons. U.S. officials have said they have evidence of the company assisting China’s intelligence services in spying.

Huawei sees the order as part of an effort to limit its international growth, according to reports.

If it is allowed to go through, the organization said it will “detrimentally impact the ability of China-based companies to participate in an open international marketplace.”

The CRII said it would be subject to the national security order for some time to come, which would hinder their ability to get financial services.

“In all likelihood, the review process will continue and the order will remain in place until Huawei completes the procedures that are required by the order,” said spokesman Rob Reilly.

U.S. President Donald Trump also ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to stop approving Huawei’s acquisitions of companies in the U.S. which makes it harder for Huawei to bring such products to the market.

The report also disclosed that the Chinese army has taught foreign military pilots how to work with satellites as part of its research into hypersonic missiles, which can fly at hypersonic speeds of up to 13,000 miles per hour.

The document describes five sections on Chinese military funding, product design and military focus, surveillance and international collaboration.

China faces a threat from a number of sources, including Russia, Japan and the United States, according to the report.

But the report noted that China faces a bigger threat from North Korea and Afghanistan than from the United States.

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