Trump open to trade deal involving ‘very dangerous’ Huawei

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President Trump has said Huawei could be part of a future trade agreement between the U.S. and China in comments to White House reporters yesterday (via BBC ^(https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48392021)).

Specifically, Trump was quoted as saying: “If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei being possibly included in some form or some part of it.” However, this statement arrived alongside assertions that Huawei is a threat to the U.S.

“You look at what [Huawei has] done from a security standpoint, a military standpoint. Very dangerous,” said Trump, according to the BBC.

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Last week, the U.S. added Huawei to a government blacklist preventing it from conducting business with U.S. companies without prior government approval. Trump also declared a national security emergency regarding potential threats posed by foreign technology companies, believed to target Huawei.

The U.S. has suggested Huawei’s ties to its government poses a national security risk, though there’s no firm evidence of wrongdoing in this regard. Huawei has also strenuously denied spying for China.

There has been a lingering question over whether Huawei poses a significant security threat to the U.S., or if the government’s actions against Huawei relate more to the broader U.S.-China trade standoff. Trump claims Huawei is “very dangerous,” but saying it could be part of a future business deal stands to weaken that claim.

Catch up on all the recent events in our Huawei versus U.S. timeline at the link.

Huawei didn’t respond to request for comment in time for publication.

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Breaking: Trump forces Google to suspend business with Huawei

Following Trump ban of Huawei, Google has cut off Huawei’s Android license in a surprise move.
Breaking: Trump forces Google to suspend business with Huawei
Google to suspend business with Huawei

Google suspends business with Huawei

According to a report from Reuters, Huawei is now restricted from using Android Open Source Project (AOSP), effective immediately. It’ll cut the company off from critical Google apps and services.

The restriction also include anything in relation to the transfer of hardware and software products except the open source ones.

This means that Huawei will also be able to push security updates once they’re made available in AOSP.

Reuters also added that several Huawei devices will lose access to Google Play Store. The list include new high-end phones like the P30, P30 Pro, and Mate 20 Pro.

Based on a report from The Verge, Google said that “We are complying with the order and reviewing the implications.”

The order appears to be the US Chamber of Commerce’s recent decision to place Huawei on the “Entity List”. It is the list of company’s that won’t be able to buy tech from US company’s without the approval from the government.

Recently, Huawei said that they have already prepared its own operating systems in the event of being banned from using Android and Windows.

As a quick recap, the US government has long criticized Huawei and questioned the firm’s possible involvement in spying with no hard proof to support the claims.

One thing is for sure, the move might put the users of Huawei smartphones in limbo.

As of writing, Huawei is the second largest ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/2019/05/counterpoint-huawei-all-time-high-market-share.html) mobile maker in the world.

What do you guys think?

Sources: The Verge ^(https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/19/18631558/google-huawei-android-suspension?fbclid=IwAR217njWVefHFXTeogmvLh7VdN91mP2xgcl3r3J7HUO-eEw6lyW_E66lQ2s), Reuters ^(https://www.reuters.com/article/us-huawei-tech-alphabet-exclusive/exclusive-google-suspends-some-business-with-huawei-after-trump-blacklist-source-idUSKCN1SP0NB)