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WSJ: Huawei planning major job cuts in the US

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Chinese telecoms firm Huawei has been a sticking point in trade talks between China and the US. WANG ZHAO/AFP

WSJ: Huawei planning major job cuts in the US

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, which is subject to US sanctions over concerns about its ties to the government in Beijing, is planning to make major job cuts at its US operations, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The layoffs are expected at Huawei’s US-based research and development arm, Futurewei Technologies, the paper reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the situation.

The unit currently employs 850 people at several labs in the US, but hundreds of them could be laid off, the report said.

Some of the company’s Chinese employees were given the option of keeping their jobs and returning home to work.

The administration of US President Donald Trump has put Huawei on its so-called entity list, which meant US companies needed a licence to supply US technology to the Chinese firm.

Huawei – a leader in fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology – remained barred from developing 5G networks in the US, and the Trump administration is trying to convince its allies to do the same.

Last week, Monaco became the first European country to roll out a 5G network based on Huawei technology.

Washington accuses Huawei of working directly with the Chinese government, a claim the company denies.

After Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, last month, Huawei won a bit of a reprieve when Trump said he would ease the punitive measures so long as the equipment sold to the Chinese company did not pose any risk to national security.

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