Recently you might have heard the news that Chinese company ZTE has drawn the ire of the US government to the point where ZTE was close to being shut down, although thankfully the company managed to work out a deal. However it seems that ZTE is not the only Chinese company that the US government has set their sights on.
In a report from Reuters, it appears that Huawei could be next. Some lawmakers have asked Google to consider their relationship with Huawei, which they claim to be a “security threat”. In a letter sent to Google’s CEO, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio, Republican Representatives Michael Conaway and Liz Cheney, and Democratic Representative Dutch Ruppersberger expressed their “disappointment” with the company.
“While we regret that Google did not want to continue a long and fruitful tradition of collaboration between the military and technology companies, we are even more disappointed that Google apparently is more willing to support the Chinese Communist Party than the U.S. military.” This follows reports that Google has reportedly decided not to renew its contract with the military following outcry that the company’s AI technology would be used in drones.
That being said, this isn’t the first time that Huawei has been targeted by US lawmakers. Previously the company had planned to make a big push in the US by officially launching their phones with local carriers, but those plans have since been derailed.