Trump calls Chinese company Huawei, “a national security threat”. After suspicions of the brand by Washington, earlier this year, the U.S. Government has put Huawei on its Entity List, preventing American companies from trading with organisations on the list.
Although, President Trump had allowed a 90-day extension so that companies could trade for a limited amount of time. The extension ran out yesterday, August 19th. But U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, provided another 90 day extension today as many U.S. companies need time to wean themselves off of their reliance on Huawei technology.
But signals were mixed as 46 affiliates of Huawei were added to the Entity List along with the extension. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei was not happy about the news and warned the U.S. Government will look into ways of sabotaging the “dominance” that Google and Apple enjoy in the global smartphone market if Huawei was not given access to the entire Android operating system.
The company put up this statement: “We oppose the US Commerce Department’s decision to add another 46 Huawei affiliates to the Entity List. It’s clear that this decision, made at this particular time, is politically motivated and has nothing to do with national security. These actions violate the basic principles of free market competition. They are in no one’s interests, including US companies. Attempts to suppress Huawei’s business won’t help the United States achieve technological leadership. We call on the US government to put an end to this unjust treatment and remove Huawei from the Entity List.”
Within the next 90 days the Chinese company will release its new flagship phone, Huawei Mate 30 Pro. As it will be launching within the 90 day period, the company will be able to use Google Android as its operating system. But Huawei’s Business Groups CEO Richard Yu, said the company is prepared to launch the phone with its own operating system, Harmony OS, if needed, but that would be Plan B.
At the end of the day, the company does want to be off the Entity List and will keep fighting to do so.