Could a Trade Deal Mean the End of the Huawei Ban? In the UK, Huawei’s global cybersecurity and privacy officer, John Suffolk, appeared at a hearing with Parliament to reassure British leaders that Huawei operates independently from the Chinese government. Suffolk told MPs that “No laws in China obligate us to work with the Chinese government on anything whatsoever” (and became a Weibo star in China). Britain, facing continued pressure from the United States to ban Huawei, is still grappling with what role it will allow the Chinese telecom company to play in the country’s 5G infrastructure.
The U.S. position became slightly less clear when President Trump stated that Huawei’s status in the United States could be negotiable if China decides to make a trade deal. This comes in opposition to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s assertion that the concerns regarding Huawei are
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