President Signs Law To Ban Huawei From 5G In Romania

( )- Citing security concerns, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis signed a bill on Friday barring China and its telecommunications giant Huawei from participating in the development of Romania’s 5G telecommunication networks.

The bill was the result of a US/Romanian memorandum from 2019 in which the two governments agreed that, as part of a “risk-based security approach,” a “careful and complete evaluation of 5G vendors” with ties to foreign governments was necessary. The objective of this evaluation is to rule out any vendors who lack “a transparent ownership structure.”

In April, Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu approved a ban on Chinese-controlled firms which was subsequently approved by parliament before being signed into law by Iohannis.

Europe has become Ground Zero in the telecommunications Cold War between the Communist Chinese Government and the United States. The US believes Huawei is in reality central to the CCP’s global surveillance operations.

If the US-led effort succeeds, Huawei’s two European competitors, Ericsson and Nokia, could become the only 5G suppliers on the continent.

As is usually the case with Chinese companies, Huawei has consistently denied any involvement in Chinese state espionage.

In related news, last week, President Biden signed an executive order revoking orders by President Trump that both banned American businesses from working with the Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat, and also attempted to ban TikTok within the US – a move that was resulted in a prolonged legal battle.

In revoking these orders, President Biden replaced them with an order directing the Commerce Department to review all apps tied to foreign adversaries and determine a criteria for “unacceptable risk” for their use in the US.

The order would consider transactions a “heightened risk” when they involve apps owned, controlled or managed by people supporting foreign adversary military or intelligence services, or when the apps collect sensitive personal data.

Additionally, Biden’s order will direct the Commerce Department to work with other agencies to determine recommendations to protect US consumer data from being obtained by foreign adversaries. Then to arrive at possible future executive orders or legislation to address that risk.