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Huawei chairman says company would sign 'no-spy' deal with US

Liang Hua tells reporters he doesn't know if Huawei will get the chance.

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Huawei is willing formally agree not to spy on the US.

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A top Huawei official has expressed willingness to sign a "no-spy agreement" with the US in the wake of the Trump administration's effective ban on the Chinese company.

Liang Hua, chairman of Huawei, told US journalists the company would sign such an agreement, but reckoned that isn't an option in the current climate, according to NPR.

"Since the US has not bought from us, is not buying from us, and might not buy from us in the future, I don't know if there is such an opportunity to sign such an agreement," Liang said.

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He also suggested that President Donald Trump overstepped when he signed the executive order stopping the company from using US-made technology on May 15.

"It is inappropriate to use political means to disrupt an industry," Liang said.

Trump's move followed years of allegations that Huawei is linked to the Chinese government.

Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

First published at 4:10 a.m. PT.
Updated at 4:30 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.