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Huawei Ban Partially Lifted

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After speaking with President Xi Jinping on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he’ll allow Huawei Technologies Co. to buy products from U.S. suppliers, in a concession to China after talks with the country’s. Trump met with Xi on Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, and agreed to pause the trade war between their countries.

 

In Wake Of Being Banned Huawei’s App Gallery,Was Built As Alternative To Google’s Play Store

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Google Suspends Ties With Huawei and Huawei Fires Back

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Huawei says bans will not slow them down and it’s” full steam ahead”.

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President Trump Issues Executive Order To Ban Huawei Tech

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President Trump has issued an executive order that paves the way for the US government to ban technology sales from Chinese vendor Huawei and anyone else it views as a national security threat.

The executive order, published on Wednesday, does not mention countries or companies by name. But it comes as the White House is facing a trade war with China. The Trump administration has also been outspoken in trying to stop adoption of Huawei’s 5G technology over concerns it’ll lay the groundwork for Chinese state-sponsored espionage.

Huawei Sues The United States Government

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Huawei sues the US government over ban, says it’s unconstitutional

Huawei  is fed up with the US government. Whether it will emerge victorious or humiliated is something the tech industry will be watching closely. Huawei has filed a lawsuit in Texas suing the US government over a new law that banned Huawei’s products from use in federal agencies. It has labeled the ban as unconstitutional and seeks to have that part of the law overturned.

There might be little chance that Huawei will win that case but the act alone is enough to create ripples that will be felt in years to come. Huawei said that the US has repeatedly failed to present evidence of accusations of state-sponsored espionage and this lawsuit could very well force the US government to actually produce hard evidence.

This lawsuit could work both ways, depending on whether the US does have such evidence that the company is a national security threat. If it does, it will cement other countries’ decision to ban Huawei from government and maybe even public use as well. Huawei is challenging the new National Defense Authorization Act, saying that the US government is in violation of the constitution by singling it out. In doing so, the US Congress has acted as Judge, jury, and executioner, without even taking the company to court, Huawei says.

 

Huawei and It’s Aggressive PR Campaign

 

 

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Huawei has started the year with an aggressive PR campaign the reclusive founder Ren Zhengfei  has suddenly give a series of interviews with foreign media to deny the company was a threat, while executives have dismissed the US warnings as baseless. Huawei has welcomed media to its tightly-guarded facilities in southern Guangdong province, starting with a tour of a smartphone production line in Dongguan.

The United States says Huawei equipment could be manipulated by China’s Communist government to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications.

The world is preparing for the advent of ultra-fast 5G telecommunications, an advancement that Huawei was expected to lead and which will allow wide adoption of next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence.

Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, Ren’s daughter, also faces a court hearing on Wednesday in Vancouver on a US extradition request. Two Canadians have been detained in China in suspected retaliation over her arrest.

The US Justice Department accuses Huawei and Meng of circumventing US sanctions against Iran. Two affiliates also have been charged with stealing trade secrets from telecommunications group T-Mobile.

Sceptics, however, say it is highly unlikely that Ren, a former Chinese army engineer, could have steered his company to such heights in such a strategic sector without the support of Beijing, which has clearly stated its goal of becoming the world’s high-tech leader.

Besides its network dominance, Huawei is the world’s second-largest smartphone supplier after Samsung and Apple.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou May Fight Extradition From Canada To The U.S.

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  • Meng Wanzhou – also known as Sabrina Meng and Cathy Meng – may be extradited to the US to face charges of breaching Iran sanctions with a Huawei sub-company
  • But citing a ‘cloud of politicisation’ amid the US-China trade war, her lawyer plans to fight attempts to move her. Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, who was arrested in Canada and faces possible extradition to the United States, is exploring a defence that claims US charges against her are politically motivated, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported on Monday.
  • Meng, the chief financial officer of Huawei, China’s largest smartphone maker, is the central figure in a high-stakes dispute between the United States and China. Canada arrested Meng in December at the request of the United States, and last month she was charged with wire fraud that violated US sanctions on Iran.

  • In December, US President Donald Trump said in a Reuters interview he would intervene in the Justice Department’s case against Meng if it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China.

    Canada fired John McCallum, its ambassador to China, in January after he said that Meng could make a strong argument against being sent to the United States.

  • Meng’s lawyers are also planning to challenge whether her alleged conduct would be deemed criminal under Canadian law, the Globe and Mail said.

 

Latest On Huawei Tech Ceo Meng Wanzhou’s Bail Hearing

 Chinese tech giant Huawei Lawyer says his team worked through the night to make changes to its bail plan for Meng Wanzhou to help satisfy concerns that have been raised about her release.

David Martin says they contacted four potential sources to offer sureties for Huawei’s chief financial officer and prepared affidavits after the judge and a federal prosecutor questioned whether Meng’s husband would be a suitable person to ensure she complies with any bail conditions.

Martin says one person who is proposed to offer a financial guarantee is a realtor who met Meng in 2009 and sold two properties to the couple.

The Case

China Strikes Back

Chief Financial Officer Of Chinese Tech Giant Huawei Arrested

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Meng Wanzhou, who is also the deputy chair of Huawei’s board and the daughter of company founder Ren Zhengfei, was arrested on Saturday in Vancouver at the request of American law enforcement authorities.

A Canadian law-enforcement source with knowledge of the arrest said the United States is alleging Ms. Meng tried to evade the American embargo against Iran, but provided no further details. The source was granted anonymity by The Globe because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the arrest.

U.S. prosecutors in New York have been investigating whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions in relation to Iran, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal in April.

Huawei said in a statement to The Globe that Ms. Meng faces “unspecified charges in the Eastern District of New York” and that she was arrested when she was transferring flights in Canada.

Huawei Technologies, is the world’s largest maker of telecommunications network equipment

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CIA, FBI, and NSA Chiefs Say You Shouldn’t Use Huawei or ZTE phones

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Top officials from major U.S. intelligence agencies including the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency (NSA) have suggested people should not use phones made by Chinese manufacturers Huawei or ZTE. They have“Deep concerns,” over potential security risks claimed to come from using telecoms devices made by companies, “beholden to foreign governments.

There was a discussion at an annual meeting about various threats to the United States from around the world.  A wide range of subjects, including and primarily Russian influence on U.S. politics and North Korea’s nuclear program, right down to drugs entering the U.S. from Mexico. Cyber security and the use of technology in espionage, however, repeatedly permeated talks.

Director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, made the opening remarks. He said the United States is under attack from, “Entities using cyber to penetrate virtually every major action that takes place in the United States,” and called cyber threats one of his greatest concerns and top priorities. Coats singled out Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea as posing the greatest threats.

 

Huawei’s new flagship phone, the Mate 10 Pro, is available for pre-order in the US despite not having any deals with US carriers — so to get some attention, it seems the company has stooped to having fake reviews for the new phone planted online, as spotted by 9to5Google.

The fake reviews, are hosted on the Best Buy website, probably  the result of a contest Huawei ran on Facebook. On January 31st, the company posted to a Facebook group with over 60,000 members, asking for people to leave comments on the Best Buy pre-sale page in exchange for a chance to beta test a Mate 10 Pro. The original post has been deleted, but 9to5Google obtained a screenshot before it went down. “Tell us how to why (sic) you WANT to own the Mate 10 Pro in the review section of our pre-sale Best Buy retail page,” the post states.

 

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