Trump Lifts Huawei Ban (Sort Of)

President Trump has updated his relationship status with Huawei from “Apart” to “It’s complicated” over the weekend at the G20 Summit being held in Osaka, Japan. American companies will, once again be allowed to do business with Huawei, without requiring special permission, although this only seems to apply to the Chinese giant’s consumer electronics and not commercial comms gear.

The trade war between the USA and China has had widespread repercussions with many countries affected. Global supply chains are tightly integrated and an interruption between two countries can potentially affect dozens more.

President Trump said “US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei.”

So it looks like Google, Qualcomm and others can resume selling software and components to Huawei – unless the president decides to pull the security card again. But clearly security was never the issue with consumer goods and Huawei.

The President also said “we’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it”.

The changing of the USA and China’s relationship status came following a meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi. With President Trump now thinking about the 2020 presidential election he will want to mitigate job losses at home that come from this ban and the rest of his trade war. And Huawei will hope it can restore its reputation and begin its march back up the smartphone sales race and penetration of consumer electronics markets.


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