Pentagon bars Huawei, ZTE devices from sale on military bases

Pentagon bars Huawei, ZTE devices from sale on military bases

Pentagon bars Huawei, ZTE devices from sale on military bases

The Chinese government is reportedly going to bat for ZTE over a seven-year ban that would have broad ranging consequences for the phone maker. The relationship has seen Trump threaten to impose tariffs on up to $150 billion of Chinese imports, a move that could trigger a trade war between the world´s two largest economies.

The order to stop selling Huawei and ZTE phones, wireless modems, and other telecom products was actually given last Friday, according to the Defense Department.

He was referring to the outlets on military installations or near military installations in the USA and overseas that serve American soldiers and sailors.

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A White House National Security Council spokesman said "While we have no comment on individual actions, protecting critical infrastructure, including the supply chains associated with such infrastructure, is a critical part of protecting America´s national security and public safety".

Both Huawei and ZTE state that no such capability exists.We think so too and the ban is turning out to be one huge joke takn too far.

Despite tensions rising between the two nations, who are now embroiled in a trade war, the USA emphasises that the ban was not implemented in relation to the broader trade spat.

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ZTE has said the ban was unacceptable and threatened its survival.A commerce ministry spokesman said after the ban was announced last month that China would take any necessary measures at any time in response to the US move against ZTE.

While personnel can buy Huawei and ZTE devices for personal use, they "should be mindful of the security risks posed by the use" of Huawei and ZTE kit, he added, but suggested that the Pentagon was considering a military-wide advisory regarding the purchase or use of the devices is necessary, he said. The Navy Exchange has more than 300 stores worldwide, as well as stores aboard more than 100 ships.

Commenting on the military ban, a Huawei spokesperson said: "Huawei's products are sold in 170 countries worldwide and meet the highest standards of security, privacy and engineering in every country we operate globally including the US".

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