US president Donald Trump has lifted the ban on Huawei after a month of initially announcing it. Trump has announced that he will allow American companies to sell to Huawei on condition that there is no security risk to the USA.

Trump announced this at a news conference following the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

“US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei. We’re talking about equipment where there’s no great national security problem with it. I said that’s OK, that we will keep selling that product, these are American companies that make these products. That’s very complex, by the way. I’ve agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product so that American companies will continue.”

Trump bans Huawei

Earlier in May 2019, Trump has issued an executive order banning any electronic or digital technology that the Secretary of Commerce deems a national security threat not to be traded with Huawei. Since that announcement, several American and British companies went on to cut ties with the Shenzen headquartered company.

Despite this announcement by Trump, Huawei remains on the initial Entity List. This will likely remain so until a clear conclusion is reached in the trade talks between China's Xi Jinping and Trump.

At this stage, it is also not clear what this means for companies that had already announced that they are cutting ties with Huawei. Companies like Google, Qualcomm, and Intel had already stated that they will not be continuing trade with Huawei as a result of the ban.

Also, it is not clear if this means that the 90 day grace period that applied to Android being available for Huawei's smartphone users is now lifted and everything is back to normal.

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