Huawei says that it is willing to sign a “no-spy agreement” with the US, in light of the recent China ban brought on by the Trump administration. Liang Hua, chairman of Huawei, expressed the brand’s willingness to go forward, but that the ball was in the US’ court.
In an interview with US journalists, Hua specifies that because of the ban, the US has effectively ceased all forms of purchasing from the brand, the likelihood of such an agreement happening anytime soon is thin. In that same interview, Hua also accused the US of “inappropriate conduct”, saying that it was wrong of the country’s current administration to use “political means to disrupt an industry”.
Earlier last month, the US’ Trump administration signed an executive order that banned US companies from using specific Chinese 5G telecommunications equipment. While not outrightly mentioned, the ban was clearly targeted at Huawei. Primarily due to the close relationship between the brand’s CEO, Ren Zhengfei, and the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Needless to say, the ban has severely crippled Huawei’s supply flow of hardware from companies such as Intel, Qualcomm, ARM, and Micron to name just a few. Even Google has suspended its dealings with the Chinese company, revoking its access to the search engine’s suite of Android services.
Huawei, in response, has tried to retaliate against the ban through a series of actions, including reducing its phone production orders from Taiwan-based company Foxconn. It even went so far as to order its employees to cancel their meetings with American contacts and even sent its own American employees home. In an act to sever any remaining ties with the US.
Of course, it goes without saying that the current tension between the US government and Huawei – and by extension, China – first came about when the former issued an arrest warrant for Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei.