Huawei and the Trump Administration’s China Quandary

A man walks past a Huawei logo at the International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing in 2019. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)
The desire to get tough on Beijing may conflict with the president’s short-term political and economic goals.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he diplomatic fallout from the coronavirus has led observers to predict a new cold war between the U.S. and China. President Trump has repeatedly blamed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the pandemic, calling it the “China Virus.” Meanwhile, Chinese propaganda outfits have spread conspiracy theories on social media, charging the U.S. Army with bringing the virus to Wuhan. Yet the diplomatic tussling only began to yield tangible policy changes last week, when the U.S. Commerce Department ratcheted up measures against Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

A new Commerce Department rule announced on Friday bars Huawei from purchasing any computer chips made

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