Huawei planning major job cuts in US: WSJ

Chinese telecoms firm Huawei has been a sticking point in trade talks between the United States and China
Chinese telecoms firm Huawei has been a sticking point in trade talks between the United States and China

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, which is subject to US sanctions over concerns about its ties to the government in Beijing, is planning to make major job cuts at its US operations, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.

The layoffs are expected at Huawei's US-based research and development arm, Futurewei Technologies, the paper reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the situation.

The unit currently employs 850 people at several labs in the United States, but hundreds of them could be laid off, the report said.

Some of the company's Chinese employees were given the option of keeping their jobs and returning home to work.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has put Huawei on its so-called entity list, which meant US companies needed a license to supply US technology to the Chinese firm.

Huawei—a leader in next-generation 5G wireless technology—remained barred from developing 5G networks in the United States, and the Trump administration is trying to convince its allies to do the same.

Last week, Monaco became the first European country to roll out a 5G network based on Huawei technology.

Washington accuses Huawei of working directly with the Chinese government, a claim the company denies.

After Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka last month, Huawei won a bit of a reprieve when Trump said he would ease the punitive measures so long as the equipment sold to the Chinese company did not pose any risk to national security.

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Jul 15, 2019
Huawei has been shown to have deep links to the Chinese electronic intelligence community. They have refused to submit their designs for review by US electronic intelligence personnel for vetting, or for that matter to anyone outside China- and you can believe they've been vetted in China.

Sorry but this is just another move to try to pressure the US to accept what may be a Chinese intelligence ploy. I'm no Trump supporter but even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Jul 15, 2019
Huawei's distractors often have vested interest, political and economically, in seeing it fail without showing any evidence of what they are alleging. Look at the case of Google now with Peter Thiel Urging U.S. Probe of Google's 'Seemingly Treasonous' Acts-- Peter Thiel, one of President Donald Trump's top Silicon Valley supporters and donors, took aim at Google and the tech industry over the companies' focus on global markets while brushing aside U.S. interests. Thiel is also a Facebook Inc. board member.

Jul 15, 2019
Craig Newmark, founder of Craig's list: 'Social media fights, he insists, get attention but are not representative of what is really going on. Much of it is manufactured. "Americans are much more reasonable and moderate than what you might guess when you see a little Twitter war. But I'm guessing that the purpose of many Twitter wars is to polarise people and, in fact, we've seen that happen because you can often trace some of the fighting groups to the same location. Outrage is profitable. Most of the outrage I've seen in the online world -- I would guess 80% -- someone's faking it for profit..."

Newmark should add that a lot of outrage is also generated for political gains. A lot of fake outrage against Huawei could be said to be both economic and political because you didn't see this only a few years ago.

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