The White House said today that Chinese firm Huawei will still not be able to market 5G technology in the country, although they will be able to sell small components to US companies as a result of the recent commercial truce between Beijing and Washington.
During an interview with CNBC, the White House’s top economic adviser, Peter Navarro, announced that his government will continue to ban Huawei from marketing the 5G networks, which Washington fears the company will use to spy on the Chinese government’s service.
“Huawei’s policy regarding 5G in this country has not changed, that will not happen with Huawei in this country, what we have done is basically allow Huawei to sell chips, which are small technological components and have no impact on security national”, Navarro stressed.
In this regard, he noted that US President Donald Trump, “is committed to making the US the lead in the 5G race, building up companies like Nokia and Ericsson in Europe to contribute to the process.”
Currently, Huawei is very popular in Europe and is leading the battle for the control of 5G networks, which allow surfing the internet with much more speed and could facilitate the development of autonomous vehicles and techniques to perform surgery by remote control.
Faced with this, the country is leading a global campaign to prevent Huawei from developing 5G technology and has come to pressure the European Union (EU) to restrict the company’s activity.
At the recent G20 summit, Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed to a new truce in their trade war, for which Washington stopped the imposition of new tariffs on China and agreed to allow US companies to sell products to Huawei.
So far, few details have been revealed about the measures that Washington will take with respect to Huawei and, in fact, the Treasury Department must still decide whether to lift a veto that imposed on the company in May and that prevents it from seizing US components.
Specifically, the Treasury in mid-May included Huawei on a blacklist that prevents US companies from providing them with original components without government approval, suspecting that the Chinese firm could take advantage of these systems for espionage.
The negotiations between Beijing and Washington to resolve the trade war have already resumed and are “heading in a good direction,” Navarro explained.
“It’s complicated, as the president has said correctly, it’s going to take time and we want to do it well,” he said.