New Huawei Smartphone Reignites Debate On U.S. Sanctions' Impact On China's Tech Progress
The launch of the Mate 60 Pro, the newest smartphone fromHuawei Technologies Co., has sparked a debate in Washington D.C. about the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions in halting Chinas tech development.
What Happened:Huawei unveiled its latest device online this week, coinciding with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondos visit to China. The smartphone, which boasts a domestically designed and manufactured chip, represents a significant leap in Chinas tech prowess. This has happened despite the U.S. export controls implementedby the Trump administration andmaintained under President Biden, which were intended to impede Chinas tech development.
Paul Triolo of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a business consulting firm based in Washington, told Washington Post that the launch of the Mate 60 Pro is a major blow to Huaweis former tech suppliers, most of which are American companies. The launch has rekindled debates about the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions. Triolo noted the major geopolitical significance of the launch, pointing out that it demonstrates the ability to design a product without relying on U.S. technology.