A leading executive from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has lashed out at the US following the introduction of strict new trade restrictions, and accused the Trump administration of fearing the loss of technological dominance.
The US Commerce Department issued a new rule on Friday to step up licensing requirements for the sale to Huawei of semiconductors produced by overseas chipmakers using American technology and equipment.
The move poses a major roadblock to the manufacturing operations of Huawei, which is currently the world’s second biggest smartphone maker.
Richard Yu, head of Huawei’s consumer electronics unit, has since hit back at the move publicly in a social media post placed on his WeChat account.
According to Yu claims by the US that the move is intended to prevent cybersecurity threats are disingenuous, and the real motive is in fact maintaining dominance of the global tech sector.
“The so-called cybersecurity reasons are just an excuse,” said Yu in the post, claiming that the “key is the threat to the technological hegemony of the US” posed by Huawei itself.
Yu also posted a link to an article doing the rounds on Chinese social media which claims that the US is determined to “kill” Huawei.
According to a report from the Nikkei the new licensing requirements from the US have already compelled Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TSMC) – the world’s biggest contract chipmaker, to suspend orders from Huawei.
Huawei’s consumer products unit remains heavily dependent upon TSMC for the manufacture of its most advanced products.