That led to Google suspending some business with Huawei that involved the transfer of hardware, software and key technical services. Shortly after, the U.S. eased some restrictions for 90 days allowing Huawei to still access the key technology it needs — including Google’s.
If Huawei doesn’t have access to key American technology like components or software for its smartphones, it could be very damaging for its business, experts told CNBC. The CEO of Huawei’s consumer division Richard Yu, told CNBC its own operating system for smartphones could be ready in international markets in the first half of 2020, if the company is not allowed to use Google’s Android.
“The addition of Huawei to the (black list) is a dangerous move because they have disregarded facts and evidence,” Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, told CNBC in Mandarin. “It is speculation and political reasons. Based on speculation and political reasons without facts and evidence, they have imposed the most severe sanction on a company.”
Song added that the company is considering “various remedies,” including legal actions.
Against the backdrop of Huawei’s issues is the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. Trump has even said Huawei could be included as part of a broader trade deal between the world’s two largest economies.
On that subject, Song said his company would rather stay out of the clash between Washington and Beijing.
“Huawei is a commercial company: We only hope to win over customers through products and services and win over markets through having market competition,” he said, according to a CNBC translation. “We don’t wish to become the bargaining chip in a trade dispute. We don’t really care that much about the trade dispute. Our focus is very much on our products and services.”
Huawei has tried to counter the pressure in recent months by going on the front foot through a concerted public relations pushand attempting to put out other fires through legal means. The company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, is currently facing extradition from Canada to the U.S. Her lawyers are looking to get her extradition case thrown out.