So, it looks as if the Trump administration may be backtracking a little bit on their controversial and highly publicized ban of Huawei in the United States. Coming as a bit of a surprise, President Trump announced in a news conference that United States companies will be allowed to work with Huawei again. Though the details were not completely ironed out, at this year's G20 summit in Osaka, reports from Android Authority indicate that Trump stated: "U.S. companies can sell their equipment to Huawei.”
“We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it", says the United States President. This decision comes after Trump sat down and talked with China's president President Xi Jinping just this Saturday.
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The Trade War & The Huawei Ban
For the uninitiated, just last month, the United States Commerce Department placed Huawei and 70 of its affiliates on an “Entity List” or a blacklist*. It is a trade blacklist that bars anyone from buying parts and components from US companies without the government’s approval first. American tech giants such as Google, Intel, and Qualcomm were forced to cut ties with Huawei due to the ban.
As hinted above, the second-largest smartphone maker in the world was banned in the United States due to the belief that Huawei poses a national-security threat.
U.S. politicians have gone as far to call the Chinese company a “Chinese state-directed telecom company” whose goal is to undermine foreign competitions by stealing trade secrets and intellectual property. Huawei has consistently denied this, yet this has not stopped the Trump administration. Nevertheless, most believe that Trump's bans are just parts of the escalating trade war with China.
In short, the companies that were originally forced to cut ties with the company will now be able to do business with Huawei again. “I said that’s O.K., that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That’s very complex, by the way," says Trump. “I’ve agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue.”
According to a report by BBC, Trump continued by saying, “We had a very good meeting with President Xi of China, excellent, I would say excellent, as good as it was going to be. We discussed a lot of things and we’re right back on track and we’ll see what happens.”
Interesting Engineering will be following this developing story. Stay tuned for more details.