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Huawei diversifies business amid stifling US sanctions | Source: South China Morning Post

Huawei diversifies business with new focus on ports, data centres, highways, amid stifling US sanctions. These include expanding its cloud services operations in the Asia-Pacific region, helping domestic enterprises cut their carbon footprint, supplying more 5G base stations and core network gear to China’s major telecoms operators, increasing patent licensing deals, establishing partnerships for its HarmonyOS mobile platform and divesting its Honor budget smartphone business.

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China urges U.S. to stop abusing state power to suppress Chinese firms | Source: CGTN

China urged the United States to stop abusing state power to suppress Chinese firms, after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission stated earlier this week that it would be launching a new program to help replace all the Huawei-made equipment in the country’s networking infrastructure. The so-called “national security” is nothing but a clumsy excuse for the United States to implement national bullying and trade protectionism against Chinese high-tech companies, China Foreign Ministry said.

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China deploys the world’s largest 5G network, rolling out 993,000 stations | Source: Global Times

A coffee-brewing robot is displayed at the venue of 2021 World 5G Convention in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 31, 2021. 

China has deployed the world’s largest and most active 5G mobile network in the world, with more than 392 million mobile phones being connected to 5G gear. The country’s 5G sector has integrated well with other sectors such as big data and artificial intelligence, to generate new business models to help transform traditional industries like healthcare, industrial internet and super high definition videos. China is facing pressure from some countries, led by the US, to thwart the country’s high-tech rise. In particular, the US and some of its allies have placed bans on Huawei’s 5G and ZTE under the pretense of national security.

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US Offers Brazil 5G Technologies to Replace Huawei | SOURCE: Sputnik

US National Security Adviser has discussed building 5G networks in Brazil based on American Open RAN technologies amid Washington’s escalated fight against the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, the American Embassy in Brazil stated. Abandoning cooperation with China on 5G would pave the way for Brazil to enter NATO’s global partnership.

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Italy ‘approves Huawei to work on Vodafone’s 5G network’ | Source: CGTN

Huawei’s logo at a consumer technology fair in Berlin. Italy can impose restrictions on how, or even if, Italian companies make deals with non-EU vendors. /Reuters/ Michele Tantussi

An Italian telecommunications company has been given conditional approval to use the china company Huawei for its 5G radio access network, according to Reuters. The U.S. has tried to persuade European countries to ban Huawei, claiming the company is a security threat.

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Last Chance: Sweden’s Ericsson May Be Blocked From China’s 5G Networks Amid Huawei Ban, Report Says | SOURCE: SPUTNIK

Swedish authorities excluded Huawei from spectrum auctions and building national 5G infrastructure along with numerous Five Eyes nations, citing alleged national security concerns. The decision has sparked criticism from Beijing, who could potentially retaliate by blocking the Swedish telecom from China’s 5G networks.

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China cuts high level economic dialogue with Australia ‘indefinitely’ | SOURCE: INDEPENDENT

FILE. A Chinese paramilitary police officer gestures and speaks over his two-way radio while standing at the entrance gate of the Australian embassy in Beijing on July 9, 2020. – China has suspended “indefinitely” its key economic dialogue with Australia.
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China has announced that it is “indefinitely” suspending a key economic dialogue with Australia. Relations have been on the decline since Australia pushed for a World Health Organisation probe into the origins of coronavirus and also banned Chinese smartphone maker Huawei from providing 5G technology for the country’s wireless networks. 

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  • China’s Huawei says sales down 16.5% amid US sanctions. Huawei is struggling to hold onto its global market share following U.S. sanctions that devastated its smartphone sales, once among the world’s highest. Washington says the company is a security risk and might facilitate Chinese spying.

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The US’ Latest Anti-Iranian Sanctions Will Worsen The Trade War With China

The US’ Latest Anti-Iranian Sanctions Will Worsen The Trade War With China

 
21 SEPTEMBER 2020

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Unilateral Sanctions

The looming expiration of the UNSC arms embargo on Iran next month prompted the US to unilaterally declare that it regards these and other related sanctions as having been reimposed by the UN despite the global body failing to do so. This factually false pretext serves as the formal justification for the US to threaten so-called “secondary sanctions” against all those who violate its stance towards this issue, thereby turning Iran into an issue of worldwide significance once more. The global strategic context has changed in the nearly two and a half years since the US left the nuclear deal in May 2018, however, which is why the contemporary state of affairs in which this move is being made deserves to be analyzed in order to assess the real aims that the US intends to advance this time around.

Fading Hegemony

After all, the only reason why the US is still pressuring Iran is because its earlier policy of “maximum pressure” failed to influence the targeted government, the same as it failed to convince the international community to support the US’ stance. In this sense, the latest moves must be seen as having been made from a position of weakness, one in which the US is no longer able to impose its fading unipolar hegemony like before. Nevertheless, the US can boast of a few successes such as scaring away India and many other close US partners from retaining their hitherto privileged energy and commercial relations with Iran, which could have crashed the country’s economy and provoked serious socio-political unrest had its people not proven their legendary resilience to such an externally encouraged Hybrid War destabilization.

China’s Opportunity

Iran’s increased “isolation” created a priceless opportunity for China to negotiate a rumored $400 billion comprehensive strategic partnership with the Islamic Republic, one whose details have yet to be verified but which is still widely thought to be significant. As former friends like India continue to stay away from Iran in response to the US’ intensified “maximum pressure” campaign, this will by default increase the importance of Iran’s relations with China, which in turn are poised to make the People’s Republic a serious player in the Mideast if it replicates its Pakistani model of investment to become the host country’s top partner. The US wants to avoid that happening at all costs, which is why the latest sanctions must also be seen in the context of the so-called trade war since the threatened “secondary” ones can inflame that economic conflict.

Trade War”

The rumored scale and scope of China’s reported investment interests in Iran presumes that its most important companies will participate in this gargantuan effort, thereby enabling the US to indirectly worsen the “trade war” in violation of “phase one” of their related agreement by imposing restrictions against them and perhaps even their other foreign partners in the worst-case scenario. In other words, the “maximum pressure” model that it’s been implementing against Huawei over the past year can be expanded to cover countless other companies as well. With this in mind, the latest unilateral sanctions aren’t just about “isolating” Iran, but “isolating” China too, though like practically everything that the Trump Administration has attempted over nearly the past four years, this strategy’s survival is dependent on the outcome of November’s elections.

Concluding Thoughts

Far from being just an intensification of the already failed “maximum pressure” policy against Iran, the US’ latest sanctions against the Islamic Republic are really intended to worsen its “trade war” with China. On the pretext of imposing “secondary sanctions” against any entity that violates its unilateral economic restrictions against the country, America can target in one fell swoop all the Chinese companies that plan to participate in the rumored $400 billion strategic partnership agreement between those two. This will enable it to replicate its “maximum pressure” policy against Huawei on an unprecedented level against countless other targets. Of course, for as ambitious as this unstated strategy is, it might remain nothing more than theoretical if Trump loses the upcoming elections and Biden decides to reverse his predecessor’s policy in this respect.

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Tags: US, Iran, China, Sanctions, Trade War, Huawei, Hybrid War.