Huawei MateBook launch in question amid escalating U.S.-China trade war
Huawei "can't comment at this time" regarding the availability of its latest MateBooks in the U.S.
What you need to know
- As trade tensions continue to escalate between the U.S. and China, it's unclear whether the Huawei's latest MateBooks will be affected.
- Huawei, a China-based company, was recently added to a trade blacklist by the U.S. Commerce Department.
- In a statement to Windows Central, Huawei denounced the Commerce Department's move but could not comment on whether it will impact the availability of the MateBook X Pro and MateBook 14.
Amid escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China, Huawei was placed on an export blacklist by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Huawei's addition to the blacklist, along with 68 of its affiliates, will means that the company will no longer be able to buy parts from U.S. suppliers without first obtaining approval from the U.S. government. But with the new MateBook 14 and MateBook X Pro on the horizon, it's unclear what the move will mean for the launch of Huawei's latest pair of laptops.
"We have not announced US availability so we can't comment at this time," a Huawei spokesperson said in a statement.
While that may not make the fate of Huawei's new MateBooks any clearer, the company thoroughly rebuffed the Commerce Department's move. From Huawei:
The Commerce Department's decision to place Huawei on an export blacklist comes as the Tump administration issued a broader executive order to protect U.S. infrastructure from "foreign adversaries," referring to the issue as a "national emergency." The order gives the commerce secretary broad authority to block transactions with tech companies who have been labeled as being controlled by foreign adversaries, with the goal of preventing potential espionage and threats to critical infrastructure.
The language of the order is relatively broad, but it remains to be seen how much of an affect it will have on the technology sector as a whole.
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shouldn't the title say US launch instead?
sales get better. There has been complaints for many years of Chinese Businesses not
obeying USA Patent laws & using USA developed Technology without getting any legal
permission or paying Royalties to USE USA technology.. Another thing is to get cheap
labor for better profit margins American businesses have moved manufacturing goods
to China & other countries showing Them how to make integrated circuits & other
high tech stuff we only knew how to make. Americans have paid a bad price for these
actions of American Companies who did this. Americans lost jobs that may never
come back to America. Stolen American Stealth aircraft tech by China have put
America in Danger. The Communist style government of China is Antagonistic to
the USA and oppresses their citizens to a degree where they have their Citizens
put on a rating system & if Chinese Citizens fall below certain standards they
are Persecuted by their government. I do not really expect China as it is now to
be as nice to the USA as we desire but for the sake of getting their worker some work
they will make some deals. I do not trust the Chinese Government
are Persecuted by their government" Where did you hear about it? I born in China and I'm sure there is nothing you said.