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Pentagon bans sale of Huawei, ZTE phones on US military bases

2018-05-03 11:59 by
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The Pentagon has ordered the halt of Huawei and ZTE smartphone sales in stores on US military basis at home and around the world. The government is citing the same potential security threats it mentioned before.

Washington remains concerned that the Chinese government could use Huawei and ZTE devices as a way to spy on — or otherwise disrupt — the US.

The government's latest crackdown on Huawei and ZTE isn't as severe as it could be. Though these devices can no longer be sold on military base retail stores, nor in retail stores near them that specifically cater to US personnel, troops can still purchase the devices elsewhere for personal use.

President Donald Trump's administration has already targeted Huawei and ZTE, two of the world's major telecommunications equipment manufacturers, with a number of recent actions to restrict their businesses in the United States based on national security concerns. The news came as Washington despatched a team to Beijing headed by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to hold talks over an ever-worsening economic relationship with China.

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