In a statement that sounds a little like a breakup text, Huawei chief Eric Xu recently issued a warning to the U.S. that it’s 5G plans can’t become reality without the Chinese equipment company.
The U.S. has blocked all sales of Huawei telecommunications hardware since 2012, due to concerns the company’s close relationship with the Chinese government could endanger American companies and secrets. New Zealand recently joined the U.S. government, issuing it’s own ban on Huawei equipment to build out its 5G networks.
“For Huawei, as leader in 5G technology, we don’t have the opportunity to serve the U.S. consumer with 5G solutions and services, then the U.S. market is a market without full competition while still blocking leading players from participation. Now, I’m not sure whether they can really deliver their objective of becoming the world’s No. 1 in 5G,” he said, according to CNBC.
The statement comes amid an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China and the eve of a crucial meeting between the two countries’ leaders to plan a path forward.