The us blacklisted huawei
The US Department of Commerce wants to put Huawei on a prohibited list today. This would mean that the Chinese telecommunications group would be prohibited from doing business with US companies in the future. Exceptions would have to be requested.
Huawei will no longer be able to buy technology products from US companies in the future. As of today, the Chinese group and 68 of its subsidiaries are blacklisted in the USA.
The trade ban applies in more than two dozen countries. Exceptions can be requested, but the measure is equivalent to a ban. The United States formally justifies this with the alleged circumvention of the Iran sanctions by Huawei.
"Huawei, rest in peace"
Republican Senator Tom Cotton praised the process on Twitter. He wrote: "@Huawei 5G, rest in peace." The senator accused Huawei of being "the Communist Party arm", "charged with gathering information". US President Trump had made a similar statement in the past.
On Wednesday Trump had banned US companies from using telecommunications technology, which is classified as a risk to national security. His spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the government would do everything to "protect America from foreign adversaries".
Huawei wants to fight back
Huawei announced that it would appeal the decision. The sanctions could put tens of thousands of jobs in the U.S. at risk, the company said. The Chinese government called on the United States to "stop its wrong actions". At home, China’s leadership is adopting a patriotic tone. The editorial of People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s newspaper, said today that the conflict is only making the country stronger and will not bring it to its knees.
Europe does not follow the US
European states rejected the US demand to also impose sanctions against Huawei. Both Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized yesterday that Huawei would not be excluded per se from the expansion of the new, fast 5G mobile communications standard. Merkel again referred to the safety criteria in force in Germany. In light of these criteria, "we will make the decisions," she said.
Huawei is one of the world’s largest telecommunications and network equipment suppliers. Its technology plays an important role in the development of 5G cellular networks, which in turn should pave the way for a number of key technologies.