Trump Offers Hope to Huawei's US Suppliers

Ray Le Maistre
6/29/2019

US companies that count Huawei as a customer can breathe a small sigh of relief this weekend following reports that US President Donald Trump has signaled an end to the ban on the sale of US technology to the Chinese vendor, after his most recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The reports, including this one from the Straits Times, followed a meeting between Trump and Xi in Japan on the sidelines of the G20 summit during which the two leaders agreed to resume trade talks. The reports cite the US President as saying, "US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei."

But there was a slight sting in the tail. "We're talking about equipment where there's no great national security problem with it."

That, of course, could be interpreted in any way -- but the door is at least open to concessions and even the potential removal of Huawei from the US Commerce Dept.'s Entity List that identifies companies that cannot be sold US goods and services.

Huawei had been expected to be part of the discussions: See Huawei Ban at Heart of US/China Trade Talk Pitch – WSJ for more background and links to previous articles on the topic.

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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James_B_Crawshaw
James_B_Crawshaw
6/29/2019 | 11:10:00 AM
Re: Cold comfort
Maybe there never was a security threat. Maybe they were just Trumped-up charges. Only kidding of course. The Huawei concerns in the US predate Mr Trump's political life by many years.
Phil Harvey
Phil Harvey
6/29/2019 | 10:55:11 AM
Re: Cold comfort
Good point.

Trump's move here is also inconsistent with the premise that Huawei is a security threat. If they're really a danger to US telecom networks and national interests, why would this be a bargaining chip for a trade deal?
James_B_Crawshaw
James_B_Crawshaw
6/29/2019 | 10:17:49 AM
Cold comfort
Removing the ban is unlikely to help while a flip-flopper remains in charge. The threat of another ban is one tweet away.
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