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Chinese smartphone maker Huawei accuses Trump of bullying

Huawei on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of “bullying,” even as the White House gave it a reprieve on US trade restrictions against the Chinese smartphone maker.

Huawei executive Abraham Liu on Tuesday urged European lawmakers not to follow the lead of the White House, which on Monday had issued restrictions that require US suppliers to seek licenses to continue to do business with Huawei.

The strictures would kneecap the ability of Huawei — which recently surpassed Apple to become the No. 2 smartphone maker in the world — to source key components and software that power its phones.

That includes access to key services from Android-maker Google, including YouTube and Gmail.

“Now it is happening to Huawei. Tomorrow it can happen to any other international company,” Liu said at a London launch of Huawei’s newest smartphone, the Honor 20. “This is dangerous.”

On Tuesday, the US Commerce Department gave Huawei a temporary license to continue to buy US goods for 90 days in order to maintain its telecom networks and provide software updates to its smartphones. The Aug. 19 deadline is intended to give telecom operators that rely on Huawei time to make other arrangements.

“Keeping phones up to date and secure is in everyone’s best interests,” Google said in a statement.

It is unclear what the US government extension permits, but if it allows Huawei to keep purchasing components, the company will likely order more to build inventory, said Mark Kelleher, an analyst at D.A. Davidson.

Huawei is still prohibited from buying American-made hardware and software to make new products without further, hard-to-obtain licenses.

The Commerce Department said it will evaluate whether to extend the license period beyond 90 days.

Huawei is on the receiving end of a US government accusation that it engaged in bank fraud to obtain embargoed US goods and services in Iran and move money via the international banking system. Huawei has pleaded not guilty.

Shares of Google parent company Alphabet were up 1 percent Tuesday afternoon, at $1,156.43.

With Post wires

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