Escalation in trade tensions between two economic giants China and US put the world’s 2nd biggest smartphone manufacturer in a tight spot. US President Donald Trump had positioned Huawei on list of entities that have been banned to operate in the US. This resulted for Google to block the company from having access to Android software.
Should Huawei Retaliate?
For Huawei, this puts them in a dicey situation and many US companies are facing huge threat if China retaliates by banning products from America as well. Bloomberg has reported that Apple is now preparing for that issue, which is considered to be a major one, given the fact that Apple is generating nearly 20% of its sales in the said country.
You’d think that it’s great news for Huawei. After all, what company would not want a government to kick one of its strongest competitors in the market? Then again, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei has a different perception about things. In an interview, he said that China should not respond in kind and that if it ever happened, he’ll be the first to protest.
No one can blame him if he’d reacted differently. As of now, his company is facing multi-front battle which includes finding replacement OS for their mobile devices, wherein they have flawlessly resolved in a matter of months.
But there’s nothing that you have to worry if you live in other countries. The feud between these countries is only within them. So if you live in Sydney and has an iPhone and it got broken, you can still easily find iPhone repair Sydney stores.
Back to Ren, he’s opinion regarding competition just makes sense…
In an interview, Ren had referred Apple as his teacher. He stated that if there’s no Apple, there’s no mobile internet. Meaning to say, Ren made it clear that he views Apple both as a competitor and a vital contributor to the tech industry as a whole – more so an innovator which opened doors for various companies to step up such as Huawei.
Additionally, he does not want to see future government actions restricting the ability of Huawei to sell in vital markets such as in US as well as its allies.