US President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to prohibit US telecom firms from using equipment made by companies that pose a "national security risk" with an executive order - a ban apparently aimed at China's Huawei.
The official, who was granted anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue, said on Tuesday night that the order was not meant to single out any country or company.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported the usa was likely to tighten restrictions on Huawei with President Donald Trump expected to sign an executive order this week barring U.S. companies from using telecoms equipment made by firms that pose a national security risk. Huawei has denied the allegations.
The official also said that the order, which could be signed as soon as Wednesday, has nothing to do with the recent escalation of the trade conflict with China.
The United States has told allies not to use Huawei's technology to build new 5G telecommunications networks because of concerns it could be a vehicle for Chinese spying, an accusation the firm has denied.
The order, which will not name specific countries or companies, has been under consideration for more than a year but has repeatedly been delayed, the sources said, asking not to be named because the preparations remain confidential.
The White House and Commerce Department declined to comment.
"We are concerned that China could compel actions by network vendors to act against the interests of USA citizens and citizens of other countries around the world", Strayer said.
Huawei has also said it is independent from the Chinese government, but some countries have blocked it from their 5G networks on national security grounds.
The U.S. says Chinese law compels Huawei to cooperate with Beijing's espionage agencies. While the big four United States wireless carriers - Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint - have agreed not to use Huawei in their 5G networks, smaller carriers have made no such agreements, and many use equipment from Huawei and ZTE for cost reasons.