Trump says Huawei could be part of trade deal

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The Japanese government has not taken action against Huawei, whose products are relatively popular here.

The media outlet reported Panasonic would continue its trade with Huawei normally as long as it was not "in breach of USA regulations".

The United States has effectively banned its companies from doing business with Huawei, exacerbating an ongoing Sino-U.S. trade war.

The move appeared aimed at Huawei, though the White House said no particular company or country was targeted.

The Trump administration's order last week cuts Huawei's access to American chips and Google, which makes the Android operating system and services for its smartphones.

And on Wednesday mobile carriers in Japan and Britain said they were delaying releases of Huawei handsets.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. absorbed another blow as major Japanese mobile carriers postponed sales of its new smartphones following Washington's move to restrict the Chinese firm's ability to do business with American suppliers.

Huawei has been dealt yet another blow, this time in the United Kingdom, as mobile carrier EE has made a decision to remove Huawei's phones from its 5G launch.

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday to provide about $700 million in grants to help USA telecommunications providers with the cost of removing Huawei equipment from their networks.

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British mobile chip designer Arm said it was complying with the USA after the BBC reported it was suspending business with Huawei. That's because nearly every smartphone chip out there nowadays is based on ARM's design.

A Huawei spokesperson said: "We value our close relationships with our partners, but recognise the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions".

The US argues Huawei poses a national security risk, while Beijing accuses the US of "bullying" the company.

SoftBank spokesman Hiroyuki Mizukami said the company wants its "customers to feel safe using our products".

With $105 billion in global sales a year ago, Huawei is the world's largest provider of equipment used in 5G telecom networks, and the second largest seller of smartphones.

US officials this week, however, issued a 90-day reprieve on the ban on dealing with Huawei, saying breathing space is needed to avoid huge disruption.

"We are checking the facts on how (the U.S. decision) was made and its impact", said spokeswoman Reiko Nakamura saying.

Analysts say the restrictions could be seriously damaging for the Chinese firm, with the pullback by Google and ARM likely to be "particularly troubling" for the telecoms giant.

The reports came in the wake of similar ones from other companies across the globe ceasing their operations with Huawei in the face of U.S. pressure.