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Huawei crackdown

Huawei warns of industrywide 'destruction' if US tightens curbs

China will not 'stand by' if Washington further restricts the company, says rotating chairman

A focus on its home market of China helped Huawei weather last year's headwinds from the U.S.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies has warned that American companies could face a retaliatory sales ban in China if Washington goes ahead with plans to tighten export controls on the tech conglomerate, leading to "catastrophic destruction" for the tech industry as a whole.

"I think the Chinese government will not just stand by and watch Huawei being slaughtered, and I believe the Chinese government will also take some countermeasures," Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu told an online press briefing on Tuesday. "Why would the Chinese government not ban the use in the Chinese market of 5G chips or 5G chip-powered base stations, smartphones and other devices provided by the American companies for the same cybersecurity reasons [Washington is using to crack down on Huawei]?"

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