A group of bipartisan senators on Wednesday introduced a bill prohibiting the export of US-produced parts and components to telecommunication companies in China that have violated US sanctions, Congressman Mike Gallaher’s press office said in a release.
"Today, Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) introduced the bipartisan Telecommunications Denial Order Enforcement Act (H.R. 7255) to direct the President to impose denial orders banning the export of US parts and components to Chinese telecommunications companies that are in violation of US export control or sanctions laws," the release said on Wednesday.
Huawei equipment has been banned from US government computers and most US information networks because of concerns that the company’s equipment could be used to spy, an allegation long denied by the company.
Just a few days after Meng's arrest, Chinese authorities detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor for allegedly posing a threat to the country's security. Beijing denied, however, that the detention had anything to do with Meng's case.