Huawei v the US: Trump risks a tech cold war

While curbs on the Chinese company play into the trade war rhetoric, US industry fears it has a lot to lose from the dispute

Huawei staff at an expo in Guiyang, China's Guizhou province, on Sunday. The country is in a separate digital universe to much of the rest of the world, and by cutting off Huawei, the US has taken a step that points towards a near-total tech split, s
Huawei staff at an expo in Guiyang, China's Guizhou province, on Sunday. The country is in a separate digital universe to much of the rest of the world, and by cutting off Huawei, the US has taken a step that points towards a near-total tech split, says the writer.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

President Donald Trump's latest confrontation with China's most important tech company may just have plunged the world into a technology cold war.

Efforts to limit the ability of Huawei to buy from suppliers reliant on American technology threaten to tie the hands of a company that aimed to become a key global supplier in the era of 5G mobile communications.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2019, with the headline 'Huawei v the US: Trump risks a tech cold war'. Subscribe