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How much trouble is Huawei in?

Fresh US sanctions have cut off the Chinese tech company’s access to vital American technology to a greater extent than ever before. Countries and mobile network operators around the world are now questioning whether Huawei will be able to deliver on it’s 5G. And the rising anti-China sentiment in India and elsewhere is not helping matters.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared last month that “the tide is turning against Huawei as citizens around the world are waking up to the danger of the Chinese Communist Party’s surveillance state.”
Those remarks were “a bit pre-emptive,” said Carisa Nietsche, a researcher at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank.
Pompeo lauded countries such as the Czech Republic, Poland, and Estonia for “only allowing trusted vendors in their 5G networks.” But Nietzsche noted that many of those countries made up their minds last year when they signaled they would not work with Huawei. And European countries with much bigger economies, such as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, have yet to announce a total ban on Huawei.
But there is “the beginning of a sea change in Europe,” Nietsche said.
Huawei has been here before. Last year, the US government barred American firms from selling tech and supplies to the Shenzhen-based company without first obtaining a license to do so. Huawei stockpiled inventory and found alternative suppliers, and as a result, continued doing brisk business despite the US ban. The company’s oversea smartphone, though, because it was forced to release new models that weren’t able to access to popular Google apps.
Even after reporting a strong finish to 2019, however, Huawei warned that 2020 wouldn’t be difficult
That would prove to be all too true.
The latest US sanction announced in may cuts much deeper than last year’s ban. It applies to any global firms using American equipment to make semiconductors. The new rule restricts companies like TSMC, a Taiwan-based firm, from exporting computer chipsets and other key components to Huawei.
Without those chipsets, Huawei can’t build 5G base stations and other equipment, according to analysts at brokerage firm Jefferies.
“Based on the current direct export rule that the US put on, I really think that Huawei’s 5G equipment business is in grave danger,” Jefferies analyst Edison Lee said on a recent call with investors.
“If the law doesn’t change, and if the US-China tension does not de-escalate, then I think there’s a big risk that Huawei will stop being able to provide 5G equipment” from early next year, he added.
Asked for comment for this story, Huawei spokeswoman Evita Cao said “we continue to receive support from our customers,” without going into further detail.
The company said in May that it “categorically opposes” the latest US sanction, calling the new rule “discriminatory.”
“It will have a serious impact on a wide number of global industries” and damage “collaboration within the global semiconductor industry,” Huawei said in a statement. “We expect that our business will inevitably be affected,” it added.
That may already be happening in the United Kingdom.
“I am not a Sinophobe, I won’t be drawn into Sinophobia,” Johnson said on Tuesday. But “I do want to see our critical national infrastructure properly protected from hostile state vendors, so we need to strike that balance.”
Huawei said earlier this year that it has secured 91 commercial 5G contracts, more than half (47) are in Europe, 27 are in Asia,

“I am not a Sinophobe, I won’t be drawn into Sinophobia,” Johnson said on Tuesday. But “I do want to see our critical national infrastructure properly protected from hostile state vendors, so we need to strike that balance.”
Huawei said earlier this year that it has secured 91 commercial 5G contracts, more than half (47) are in Europe, 27 are in Asia, and 17 are elsewhere in the world.

and 17 are elsewhere in the world.

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