The US government’s war on Huawei has received a lot of coverage over the past couple of weeks, and today we bring you more: The South China-based tech giant has repatriated numerous American employees working at its headquarters and told staffers to cancel technical meetings with US contacts, according to Financial Times.
The publication spoke with Huawei’s chief strategist, Dang Wenshuan, who said that Americans involved in research and development at the company’s headquarters were sent home two weeks ago, after Mr. Tariffs himself, Donald Trump, blacklisted Huawei and 68 affiliates.
In what must have been an extremely awkward situation, a group of American delegates were attending a workshop at a Huawei facility when the announcement was made. They were told to remove their computers, isolate their networks and leave the property.
Additionally, according to Financial Times, Huawei has stated that it has been checking to ensure that overseas visitors to its headquarters are not American passport holders. US citizens who are allowed to enter Huawei facilities have been warned that they must avoid technology-related topics.
Employees at the tech company are also being encouraged to limit their interactions with American citizens, according to Dang. In its report, Financial Times mentions that an American based in China was recently surprised to receive a message from a business contact at Huawei that read: “Because of our side’s regulation, we are not allowed to meet US citizens to discuss affairs related to technology.” The good ol’ “it’s not you, it’s me” routine, ouch!
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