translated from Spanish: EU delays three months sanctions against Huawei

Faced with the concern of American users and companies, Washington decided on Monday to postpone until August–that is, three months–banning Huawei from using US components and software. In a context of commercial warfare between the two Countries, Donald Trump decided last week to ban exports of American technological products to certain companies deemed «a risk» to national security. The measure aimed primarily at the Huawei Technology Group. The giant Google, whose Android system equips the vast majority of smartphones in the world, announced on Sunday that he would have to cut bridges with Huawei, which would deprive the Chinese group to access Certain Android services and their famous Gmail or Google Maps applications. This decision also affects a range of American companies, from software vendors to semiconductor manufacturers who supply Huawei.

A man takes a picture with his phone from the Google logo at the Vivatech Fair in Paris on May 16, 2019 (AFP).

On Monday, the US authorities seemed to try to calm the mood by postponing the entry into force of the sanctions for three months, to give Huawei and its trading partners time to adapt to the measure.

«This temporary general license gives the sector time to organize differently and the Department (of Commerce) the possibility of determining the appropriate long-term measures for American and foreign telecommunications companies that Today they serve the Huawei teams for some essential services, «said Trade secretary Wilbur Ross, quoted in a statement. This will allow Huawei users to continue to use the Chinese company’s computers for the time being. Huawei is not only the number two smartphone currently, but also a leader in telecommunications network equipment (antennas, etc.). Huawei’s founder, Ren Zhengfei, said in response that America «underestimates» its company and that the telecommunications giant’s plans in its 5G technology program will not be affected by Washington’s decisions to block it.

The president of Huawei, Ken Hu, speaks during the French technology fair Vivatech, last May 16 in Paris (AFP).

Present in 170 countries, the United States suspects it of espionage in favour of Beijing, which would have contributed to a large extent to its irresistible international expansion. Washington has already banned its military from using Huawei equipment, which strongly denies all espionage. Serious implications
On Sunday Google reported that it was «complying with the order» of breaking trade relations with Huawei and «examining the implications». For users of our services, Google Play (Android App Store, ed) and the Google Play Protect security system will continue to operate on existing Huawei devices, he tinted. But since the Presidential decree prohibits sharing technologies, Google is going to have to go further and suspend its collaboration with Huawei. The implications can be important because, like all technological groups, Google must collaborate with the manufacturers of Smartphones to make your systems compatible with phones.

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In addition you can only offer Huawei users the royalty free version of your Android program, according to a source close to the case. This means that those users will no longer be able to access Google-owned applications and services, such as Gmail or Google Maps. When you enter the decree, Huawei will then be obliged to make updates from Android Open Source Projet- The royalty-free version-and your customers should do the same. Therefore it is possible that the Chinese group can not in the future offer Android and all its applications, as the very popular YouTube video platform. In the sights
Huawei said at first that it «will continue to provide security updates and pos-sale service» to all smartphones and tablets worldwide, including devices that have not yet been sold. Meanwhile, a spokesman for China’s foreign Affairs portfolio, Lu Kang, said that Beijing is closely following the situation and that «it will support Chinese companies in taking the relevant legal measures in order to defend their legitimate rights.» Huawei, headquartered in Shenzen, Southern China, is also very dependent on foreign suppliers: each year, it purchases for 11 billion of dollars in components to US sector groups, over a total of 67 billion of supply expenditures, According to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei. Washington fears it’s a Trojan horse from China.

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The military past of its founder Zhengfei, his membership of the Communist Party, as well as the opaque culture that prevails in Huawei have fueled the suspicions that the group is under Beijing control, especially after a law voted in 2017 that obliges Chinese companies to Colab To pray with the intelligence services of the country. In the first quarter, Huawei sold 59.1 million smartphones, 19% of the market and more than the American Apple, although still behind the leading company, the Samsung Korean. Huawei is one of the leading companies in the 5G, the new generation of Mobile Internet that is in the process of deploying. All of this occurs while China and the United States, the first two world economies, wage a trade war with the mutual imposition of tariffs, and in which technology is a fundamental axis of its confrontation.

Original source in Spanish

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