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1. The following are excerpts from Angela Moon's May 20, 2019 article headlined "Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source".|
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, in a blow to the Chinese technology company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world.
The move could hobble Huawei’s smartphone business outside China as the tech giant will immediately lose access to updates to Google’s Android operating system. The next version of its Android smartphones will also lose access to popular services including the Google Play Store and Gmail and YouTube apps.
“Huawei will only be able to use the public version of Android and will not be able to get access to proprietary apps and services from Google,” the source said.
The Trump administration on Thursday added Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the company to do business with U.S. counterparts....
The extent to which Huawei will be hurt by the U.S. government’s blacklist is not yet known as its global supply chain assesses the impact. Chip experts have questioned Huawei’s ability to continue to operate without U.S. help....
Huawei will continue to have access to the version of the Android operating system available through the open source license, known as Android Open Source Project (AOSP), that is available for free to anyone who wishes to use it. There are about 2.5 billion active Android devices worldwide, according to Google.
But Google will stop providing Huawei with access, technical support and collaboration involving its proprietary apps and services going forward, the source said.
Huawei has said it has spent the last few years preparing a contingency plan by developing its own technology in case it is blocked from using Android. Some of this technology is already being used in products sold in China, the company has said....
Popular Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube and the Chrome browser that are available through Google’s Play Store will disappear from future Huawei handsets as those services are not covered by the open source license and require a commercial agreement with Google.
But users of existing Huawei devices who have access to the Google Play Store will still be able to download app updates provided by Google. Apps such as Gmail are updated through the store, unlike operating system updates which are typically handled by phone manufacturers and telecoms carriers, which the blacklist could affect, the source said...
Huawei’s European business, its second-biggest market, could be hit as Huawei licenses these services from Google in Europe.
“Having those apps is critical for smartphone makers to stay competitive in regions like Europe,” said Geoff Blaber, vice president of research at CCS Insight. (End excerpts)
2. US intensifying assaults against Huawei are tantamount to killing an ant with a missile. It is reported that US Senator Schumer is calling for a “top-to-bottom review” of Chinese train maker CRRC Corporation Limited's business in the US as it “could potentially expose US rail system to cyber espionage and sabotage”.
It makes no sense for a supposedly sole superpower to go all out to crush a foreign company and other minor companies on the way. As a Chinese saying goes, "Scolding a monk by pointing a finger at a bald man", behind all the apparent farce is the sinister agenda to cut China down to size.
China has to face the realities in the face of US intensifying assaults against its companies and restrictions on its global business:
(a) All the US restrictions on its global trade and Chinese companies are tantamount to imposing a sanction in disguise.
(b) US-Sino trade relations are already on the path of no return, and any hope of an "amiable, fair and equal settlement" is gone forever. It is easy for Trump to enact hostile laws against China but difficult, if not impossible, to rescind them as it requires bipartisan consensus. In other words, like Humpty Dumpty, or rather Trumpty Drumpty, after a great fall off the wall in the well-known Mother Goose rhyme, all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put the "Trumpty-Sino relations” together again.
(c) The US is no newcomer to geopolitical strife. There is an uncanny parallel between the current US crackdown on China and its all-out efforts to cut Japan down to size before World War 2.