Huawei apparently well-prepared for US sanctions

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by Josh Peachey

The Huawei founder, Ren Zhengfei, says that the tech phone manufacturer is prepared to deal with any US sanctions on the devices.

The Chinese tech giant and CEO of the company told state media outlet, the Global Times, that the 90-day temporary ban issued by the US isn't that damaging to Huawei.

"The company is able to continue providing products and services, and the US sanctions will not hurt our core business," Ren said in a group interview at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen.

After the Trump administration accused the company of espionage for Beijing, they threatened to blacklist Huawei on Friday. Yesterday, it settled on a 90-day temporary ban to phase out cutting off the supply of American software and semiconductors it needs to make smartphones and networking gear.

But according to Bloomberg, Huawei has been stockpiling enough chips and vital components to keep the company going for three months.

"The Temporary General License grants operators time to make other arrangements and the Department space to determine the appropriate long term measures for Americans and foreign telecommunications providers that currently rely on Huawei equipment for critical services," US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement. 

Huawei shipped about 3.1 million handsets to the UK between April 2018 and March 2019, according to analysts IDC, making it the third most popular brand after Apple and Samsung. 

Yesterday, Google suspended all business with embattled tech giant Huawei, meaning that new phones will not be certified, and as a consequence will not be able to have Google Mobile Services (GMS) pre-installed.

This includes a selection of Google's own apps including the Play store, Google Photos, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Drive cloud storage and Google Duo video calls.