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American rules vs Huawei arbitrary, discriminatory

Huawei calls latest US rules arbitrary, discriminatory

MANILA – Huawei has categorically opposed the amendments made by the US Department of Commerce to its foreign direct product rule with the Chinese technology giant said specifically aimed at their company.

Joe Kelly, Huawei Vice President for Corporate Communications, in a statement sent to this writer said the US government added his company to the Entity List on May 16,2019 sans justification.

“Since that time, and despite the fact that a number of key industrial and technological elements were made unavailable to us, we have remained committed to complying with all US government rules and regulations,” Kelly said. He added they have fulfilled their contractual obligations to customers and suppliers and survived and forged ahead against all odds.

Describing the latest statements and restrictions from the United States as “tightening its stranglehold on Huawei,” the American government opted to proceed and completely ignore concerns aired by a number of companies and industry associations.

“The decision was arbitrary and pernicious, and threatens to undermine the entire industry worldwide. This new rule will impact the expansion, maintenance, and continuous operations of networks with hundreds of billions of dollars that we have rolled out in more than 170 countries,” Kelly further said in his statement.

The latest American action, Kelly said will impact communications services for more than three billion people who use Huawei products and services worldwide.

“To attack a leading company from another country, the US government has intentionally turned its back on the interests of Huawei’s customers and consumers. This goes against the US government’s claim that it is motivated by network security,” he further said.

Mr. Kelly explained the US government’s decision doesn’t just affect Huawei but on a number of global industries and will damage the trust and collaboration within the global semiconductor industry which many industries depend on thereby increasing conflict and loss within these industries.

Huawei said the United States is leveraging its own technological strengths to “crush” companies outside its own borders which will undermine the trust international companies place in US technology and supply chains and will eventually harm US interests.

Mr. Kelly said Huawei is undertaking its comprehensive examination of the latest American rule and expects that Huawei’s business “will inevitably be affected. He added they will try all they can to seek a solution and expressed hope their customers and suppliers will continue to stand with them and minimize the impact of this “discriminatory rule.” (Melo M. Acuña)

Mr. Joe Kelly, Huawei Vice President for Corporate Communications. (Melo M. Acuna/File Photo)

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