US Executive order on state of emergency affects Huawei collaboration with Android and Google

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US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain on 15 May. The order declares a state of emergency due to increased adversarial cyber-enabled actions, including economic and industrial espionage against the USA and its people. The order requires the US Secretary of Commerce to minimize the risks from foreign companies controlled by adversaries and deprive them from the American market from selling equipment and technologies as well as buying from US companies. The order is seen as clearly directed against China and its IT giant Huawei. Huawei was placed on the Entity List, a trade blacklist, that requires US companies to get government approval to engage in business with entities on the list. Google has suspended business operations with Huawei stating the Chinese tech giant will ’immediately lose access to updates to the Android operating system, and the next version of its smartphones outside of China will also lose access to popular applications and services including the Google Play Store and Gmail app’.

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