US-China trade war: Huawei ban - a demonstration of American economic power

The Trump administration not only aims to head off Chinese ascendancy, but it also believes America has been too timid in asserting its strengths

When the history of the unfolding rivalry between the United States and China is written, the events of the past week will probably figure prominently.

On May 15, the US Commerce Department effectively banned US firms from providing technology and components to Chinese telecommunications behemoth Huawei, and blocked the use of Huawei telecommunications equipment domestically.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2019, with the headline 'Huawei ban - a demonstration of US economic power'. Subscribe