President Trump is going after china with a new executive order declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by Chinese firms.
The president is calling it a national security risk, but experts say it’s more a shot at the Chinese firm Huawei amid a deepening trade war with Beijing.
The announcement was expected nearly a year ago.
The National Economic Council, which had blocked the move for months, dropped its objection as trade talks with China hit an impasse last week.
The move also boosts the administration’s somewhat uphill effort to persuade allies and partners in Europe to bar Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks.