Between the United States and China, nothing is going well. And in the middle of this conflict, we find Huawei who plays a predominant role, but also ZTE and Apple.
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When the two largest economic powers in the world engage in a battle, no one wants to be in the middle of fierce crossfire. Alas, ZTE, Apple and especially Huawei found themselves in this situation more than delicate.
Indeed, Huawei has gradually become entangled in a conflict between the United States and China. The builder is suspected by Washington of being a spy tool in the service of the regime in place in Beijing. As a result, its implementation across the Atlantic has been hampered by innumerable obstacles.
Boycott anti-Apple in China
Added to this is the recent arrest of Wanzhou Meng, number 2 of Huawei, by US authorities. This incident caused a lot of turmoil in the Middle Kingdom. As Nikkei reports, many Chinese companies have been quick to show their support for the brand, including offering some discounts to their employees if they buy a Huawei product. In addition, they also call for boycotting Apple.
Note in this regard that the Apple brand has already seen most of its smartphones (excluding iPhone XS, XS Max and XR) be banned from selling in China because of an old feud with Qualcomm. Apple being an American brand, we can not help thinking that this legal decision is timely as a response from Beijing to the arrest of the head of Huawei.
Huawei and ZTE removed from 5G
The escalation of tensions does not stop there. Reuters reveals that the White House may soon ban, by decree, Huawei and ZTE – which is also a Chinese company – the development of 5G infrastructure across the Atlantic. The two firms are, however, major players in this market.
According to some sources, the decree in question invokes the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (PDF). This is a move that would give President Donald Trump the power to regulate trade following "a national emergency in response to an unusual and extraordinary threat to the United States and from a foreign source".
Burning Cold War
If such a decision were to be taken, there is no doubt that the conflict between the two powers may well be tempered to warm up, or even to warm up hotly. The United States and China no longer hide their hostilities: the former exhort their allies to put a spoke in the wheels of Huawei – in France, the question arises in particular – and the second will not fail to make each blow carried.
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