U.S. Bans Chinese Tech Companies from Government Contracts

A new rule being imple­ment­ed by the Trump Admin­is­tra­tion effec­tive August 13 will ban U.S. gov­ern­ment con­tracts to sev­er­al Chi­nese com­pa­nies deemed a secu­ri­ty threat in their offer­ing of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment and ser­vices and video sur­veil­lance equip­ment.  The com­pa­nies tar­get­ed include Huawei, Dahua, Hytera, Hikvi­sion and ZTE.  The ban fol­lows through on mea­sures called for in the U.S. Defense Autho­riza­tion Act of 2019, which sought to lim­it gov­ern­ment con­tract awards to Chi­nese com­pa­nies deter­mined to present unac­cept­able secu­ri­ty risks to the U.S. gov­ern­ment.  Huawei has report­ed­ly chal­lenged the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of the bill in fed­er­al court.