Trump is no longer president of the United States, but some of his decisions in office will remain with the new administration of Joe Biden. That is what it seems at least with Huawei, which will remain commercially banned.
This has been indicated by Gina Raimondo, who is likely to become head of the U.S. Commerce portfolio under Biden’s presidency. In recent comments, the politician assured that she “sees no reason” for Huawei and other Chinese companies not to remain on the famous blacklist when it comes to reaching trade agreements with the United States.
Raimondo explained that “I understand that companies that are included in the Entity List and the Military End User List are included because they pose a risk to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests”.
Therefore, he asserted, “I currently see no reason why the entities on that list should not be there.” The impact of these statements is remarkable, and if anyone thought that Huawei’s situation might change under the new administration of Joe Biden, the answer seems to be no, at least for the time being.
A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson reaffirmed the Chinese government’s stance against restrictions affecting Chinese companies. “We urge that such oppression against Chinese companies be stopped.”
The consequence for Huawei is clear: they will continue to be unable to use Google services or applications on their cell phones -Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps or Google Play, among others-, and will also have restricted access to other technologies when manufacturing their phones.
The company has been taking steps for some time to ensure that this veto affects it as little as possible. It is expected that its HarmonyOS operating system -which seems to be nothing more than a fork of Android- will soon be available in some of its future models, and the company has already “divested” Honor to turn it into an independent brand and thus regain access to those Google components.