And in August 2018, president Trump signed an executive order banning US government agencies from purchasing or using telecommunications equipment from certain Chinese technology companies, including ZTE and Huawei.
US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would stop US companies from using technology deemed to be a "national security risk".
Huawei is pushing to take a global leadership position in 5G technology, but many American officials suspect the company's products could be used by Beijing to spy on Western governments and companies.
In January, the administration was preparing the action, which could significantly restrict Chinese state-owned telecom companies from operating in the US over national security concerns, people familiar with the matter said at the time.
The order would also further intensify the trade war between China and the USA, which has been heating up in recent days.
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In January, U.S. prosecutors charged two Huawei units in Washington state saying they conspired to steal T-Mobile US Inc trade secrets, and also charged Huawei and its chief financial officer with bank and wire fraud on allegations that the company violated sanctions against Iran.
This is expected to include China's Huawei, given the U.S. has repeatedly claimed the company's kit could be used for spying on foreign countries by the Chinese state. In December, Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Canada on suspicion of violating US sanctions concerning Iran.
Ren Zhengfei, the company's founder and Meng's father, has denied espionage allegations and a link to China's government.
Britain is deciding the extent to which it will allow Huawei, the world's biggest supplier of telecoms equipment, to participate in building its 5G networks. Furthermore, concerns about Chinese law requiring Huawei to cooperate with China's intelligence agencies were simply hype.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said last week he is waiting for the Commerce Department to express views on how to "define the list of companies" that would be prohibited under the FCC proposal.