Huawei 101: After US Sanctions, We Get A Primer On China’s Tech Giant

May 28, 2019

A Justice Department indictment unsealed on Monday details an alleged conspiracy by the Chinese device maker Huawei to steal the details of a T-Mobile robot. Here, a woman uses her smartphone outside a Huawei store in Beijing on Tuesday.

A woman uses her smartphone outside a Huawei store in Beijing; Credit: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images


The Trump administration’s sanctions against Huawei have begun to bite even though their dimensions remain unclear.

U.S. companies that supply the Chinese tech powerhouse with computer chips saw their stock prices slump last week, and Huawei faces decimated smartphone sales with the anticipated loss of Google’s popular software and services.

The U.S. move escalates trade-war tensions with Beijing, but also risks making China more self-sufficient over time.

Today, we do a primer on Huawei — what is it? What are its links to the Chinese government? What are the Trump administration’s allegations about its business practices?

With files from the Associated Press.


David Cloud, LA Times, reporter covering national security for the LA Times; based in Washington D.C.

Clayton Dube, director of the  USC U.S.-China Institute, a program of USC Annenberg

Rui Zhong, research expert on China; program assistant at the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center

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