Trump administration blacklists Huawei and relaxes restrictions later

Trump administration blacklists Huawei and relaxes restrictions later
Donald Trump. Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Google has suspended its operations with Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei, following the Trump administration’s blacklist of their technologies. Initially, the Trump Government blacklisted the company, arguing that their phone technologies pose a security risk to the United States.

What does this mean for Huawei users?

Basically, Huawei users don’t need to get worried just yet. Huawei owners who use Google apps will continue to be able to use those apps and download updates provided by Google. This has been confirmed by a spokesperson from Google, who reinforced that the company would be ‘complying with the order and reviewing the implications.’

Adding Huawei to the trade blacklist precipitated a shock to the technology sector, with the Dow Jones index closing 0.3 per cent lower, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 1.5 per cent. While Wall Street has managed to recover many of its heavy losses, the market recovery only occurred after Huawei was granted a temporary trading license, valid until August 19, 2019.

Basically, the license allows the Chinese manufacturer to purchase American goods, while maintaining its existing networks in the US. The purpose of this is to minimise disruptions to Huawei and Android users. Moreover, the Trump Administration has developed a reputation for being quite sensitive to stock market declines, thus rationalising the government’s trade backflip.