Huawei spent $11 billion on U.S. sourced supplies in 2018
Huwaei is considered a national security threat to the U.S. because the communist Chinese government can, under the country’s laws, demand that Huawei gather intelligence on its behalf. So U.S. lawmakers have been concerned for years now that the company’s devices and networking equipment contain a backdoor that can send information about American consumers and corporations to Beijing. Huawei has repeatedly denied this. The U.S. has been warning allies not to use Huawei’s gear to build out 5G networks in their countries.
The Huawei P30 Pro is the company’s current premium handset
Hopefully, after the meeting, we will all have a better idea of what components and software U.S. firms will be able to sell to Huawei. And any chance that Huawei had of surpassing Samsung next year to become the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer could depend on how this meeting plays out. Last year, the company shipped 206 million handsets globally to finish third behind Samsung and Apple. For this year’s first quarter, it delivered 59 million phones, a 50.3% increase year-over-year. That placed it second above Apple, but still behind Samsung.