The State Secretary at the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Tatjana Matic, does not expect the conflict between Google and Huawei to reflect on consumers in Serbia.
After the initial announcement of imposing restrictions, Google plans to continue cooperating with Huawei over the next 90 days, as the USA has reduced the restrictions against the world’s second-biggest manufacturer of smartphones.
“The conflict will not affect our cooperation, which is related to the One Belt, One Road initiative. The conflict will not have any consequences on us and the projects carried out by Huawei will continue,” Matic told RTS and pointed out that Serbia planned to even boost the cooperation with the Chinese company.
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She explains that the conflict is down to the relations between China and the USA and believes that it will be resolved soon.
“When it comes to Serbia, we don’t expect the consumers to be affected in any way,” Matic adds.
“As many as 23 EU states cooperate with Huawei, so they should be more worried. The conflict will certainly not reflect on us,” she concluded.
Panasonic has halted shipments of some components to Huawei to comply with proposed US export restrictions in the latest setback for the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.
The decision comes as companies across Japan’s tech sector including SoftBank, Toshiba and Murata Manufacturing are still scrambling to assess the impact of the US ban issued last week.
Earlier, Chip designer ARM has suspended business with Huawei, threatening the Chinese company’s ability to create its own chips. BBC reports that ARM employees have been instructed to halt “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei due to the US trade ban.
The US has banned any US companies from doing business with the Chinese telecom giant without permission from the American government, but ARM is based in the UK and owned by the Japanese SoftBank group.
(Vecernje Novosti, 22.05.2019)
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