Before leaving, Trump drives the point home further against Huawei





Tomorrow, outgoing US President Donald Trump will officially leave the White House. Before this departure, however, his administration tightened measures against Chinese Huawei.

Accused of espionage, telecommunications specialist Huawei is perceived as a threat to national security by Washington. The company is above all a leader in its sector, and in particular in technologies relating to 5G, a financial windfall that the United States wishes to appropriate in this trade war.



Intel retired

In one of its latest dispatches, Reuters reports that the Republican administration has passed what appears to be its latest action against Huawei. It revoked the founder's commercial license for Intel for Huawei.

Concretely, this decision therefore affects the company's devices equipped with Intel chips. This is for example the case with its laptops such as the Huawei Matebook X Pro or the MateBook D14. These two ultrabooks did not leave us indifferent through our tests.

According to Reuters, Intel is not the only company concerned. Eight other licenses of four companies would have been revoked to block as much as possible the progress of the Chinese company.



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Republicans stoke trade war before leaving

Before these latest actions, 150 licenses were still awaiting a decision in the face of disagreements between different branches of government in the United States. They represented a total transaction of 120 billion dollars.

After researchers claimed to have discovered spyware in Huawei's routers, the company, accused of working for the Chinese government, has always denied.

Huawei has already been hit hard in the smartphone market. The company is no longer able to order Qualcomm's SoCs for its high-end smartphones and can no longer produce its own chips without sourcing components. The latest Huawei terminals no longer have Google services on the Android system.

More generally, the Trump administration attacks all Chinese companies threatening American technological innovations. ZTE was also placed on this blacklist. More recently, it is Xiaomi that has suffered the costs of this financial protectionism. The company had to publicly assert its independence from Xi Jinping's government.

It remains to be seen whether the new President of the United States Joe Biden will revoke his injunctions or maintain this policy so as not to alienate Trump's electorate.



Source : Reuters

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