China's Foreign Ministry Supports Legal Action For Huawei To Defend Its Rights

3-D printed Android logo is seen in front of a displayed Huawei logo (Photo: Reuters / Dado Ruvic)

China's Foreign Ministry announced its full support for Huawei to take up legal action to defend its legitimate business rights following the slew of restrictions imposed on it.

The ministry's spokesperson, Lu Kang, recently responded to Google's partial suspension of Huawei's Android license and stated that they will be conducting their own investigation into the matter while also closely following its development.

Kang stated that the company has every right to defend itself through legal ways if the sanctions against it are indeed unfounded and unfair. The ministry expressed its support for the Chinese enterprise and all other businesses that have had their legitimate rights violated.

Huawei recently announced that despite Google's suspension, it will be providing its own security updates and after-sales services to its existing smartphone and tablet customers. This will include all products that have already been sold and those that are still in stock worldwide.

The supply of components and software to the company are currently on hold, following the Trump administration's decision to place Huawei on its trade blacklist.

Companies such as Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Intel have all reportedly halted their shipment and delivery of components and software to Huawei until further notice.

This is effectively damaging to all parties involved as the US companies will no longer be able to profit from the transaction, while Huawei is left with no supply.

However, Huawei recently announced that it is already prepared for such an occurrence as its subsidiaries are already ramping up production of chips and other components to offset the lack of US imports.

Google had issued a statement earlier in the week revealing that it was simply complying with US government requirements. Huawei smartphones will no longer be able to get official Android updates moving forward. Services that require a commercial agreement with Google, such as Gmail and YouTube, will no longer be available to use. Services covered by open-source licenses will still be available and Google revealed that it will still continue to make Google Play and Google Play Protect available to Huawei devices.

Huawei recently announced that it already has a contingency plan, specifically prepared for such a situation. The company apparently has a number of technologies that are meant to replace Google's services, some of which are already being used in its products sold in China.

Huawei also mentioned that similar services are already available from domestic providers such as Baidu and Tencent. This means that the impact on the Chinese market will be very limited as most of Google's services can easily be replaced. However, this would not be the case for the company's markets in the west as no immediate replacements are available.

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