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US, Chinese officials to meet to discuss further Huawei restrictions

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Visitors are reflected in a mirror with the Huawei company logo during the official launch event for the Huawei Mate 10 smartphone series in Munich, southern Germany, 16 October 2017 (reissued 18 June 2018). Chinese Telecommunications Company Huawei published an open letter addressed to Australian lawmakers on 18 June 2018, where it refused Australian government allegations that it poses security concerns, calling the comments 'ill-informed and not based on facts.' The Australian government is expected to ban the Chinese tech firm from bidding in the construction of the country's 5G networks over national security concerns, media reported. The concerns claim Huawei to be linked to the Chinese government, media added.

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High level US officials agreed to meet later this month to discuss further restrictions on tech exports to China and the telecoms company Huawei.
Media report that the meeting scheduled for 28 February will seek to resolve differences within the US government over a possible crackdown on China and Huawei.
The  meeting will reportedly involve high-level officials, including Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo. They are expected to discuss further curbing technology exports to China and Huawei,
The announcement comes after the US Commerce Department withdrew a rule that would have placed additional trade restrictions on Huawei, amid opposition from the US Department of Defence and the US Treasury.
In his annual State of the Nation address on Tuesday, US president Donald Trump said that the recently signed Phase One trade deal with China had succeeded in confronting China’s “massive theft of American jobs”.
In May, the US government added Huawei to its trade blacklist, amid concerns that its 5G equipment enables the Chinese government to spy on other nations. Huawei has rejected the allegations, saying it operates independently of the ruling party of China.
However, in December, two US senators, both Republican and a Democrat, warned that private Chinese companies are required to adhere to Chinese law: “Security experts have voiced concerns that China’s vague patchwork of intelligence, national security, and cybersecurity laws compel Chinese companies to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party”, the senators said.

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