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Trade war

Cisco tells employees to avoid China travel, then backtracks

US companies on edge over possible reprisals after Huawei arrest

American companies are confronting the possible consequences of the arrest of Huawei's finance chief, which comes as U.S.--China trade tensions appeared to be easing.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems warned its employees not to travel to China but then withdrew the ban, suggesting anxiety among American companies over possible tit-for-tat retaliation for the arrest of rival Huawei Technologies' finance chief.

In an internal memo obtained by the Nikkei Asian Review, Cisco told its employees that "due to recent events surrounding the arrest of a Chinese citizen in Canada on the request of United States law enforcement authorities, Cisco is implementing a restriction of all nonessential travel by U.S.-based Cisco employees into China."

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