US President Donald Trump officially extended an executive order that prohibits American firms from using telecommunications equipment and devices which are believed to have a national security risk until May 2021.
According to a report from Reuters, the said order implores the US International Emergency Economic Powers Act which allows Trump to carry a regulatory authority over commerce in times of national emergencies.
While Trump didn’t particularly mention any company, the order implies that Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE can still no longer sell products in the US or enter partnerships with US firms like Google or ARM for software and licenses.
In May 2019, Huawei was included on an economic blacklist following national security concerns about the Chinese tech company being the supplier of equipment for network infrastructure, alongside the current 5G implementation of the US.
Following this, recent smartphone models made by Huawei lack Google apps and support such as the use of the Google Play Store, leading Huawei to utilize its own application platform dubbed as the Huawei AppGallery.