05/23/2019, 09.35
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Panasonic also stops trading with Huawei. Stores in Asia reject Chinese smartphones

by Wang Zhicheng

The Japanese company is in line with the ban imposed by the US, after Google and ARM, a design firm for chips.  Retail sellers no longer accept Huawei tools: they fear they will remain unsold.

 

 

 

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Japan's Panasonic has declared that it will block its trade relations with Huawei to submit to the restrictions imposed by the United States.  Since last week, the US has included the Chinese technology giant on a list of companies with which Americans cannot trade unless they have a special permit.  The notice applies to all goods that contain 25% or more of material from the USA.

According to the US administration, Huawei poses risks to national security, being obliged to pass on information and data to the Chinese government.

Three days ago, Google, in obedience to the Washington ban, saysit will block updates to the Android operating system for Huawei phones, and access to apps like Google Play, Gmail and YouTube.

And yesterday, according to the BBC, ARM, a design company for chips, based in Great Britain, gave indications to stop any contract with Huawei.

Huawei has declared that it will be able to do without the made-in-US components and even the Android operating system, having developed some projects in its own right over the past few years.  But several technological experts doubt that it can do without US aid.

Meanwhile, in several Asian countries, many retail stores are refusing to accept Huawei's tools: they fear that with the blocking of updates, customers will turn to other brands and the Chinese will remain unsold.

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