Huawei South Africa has released a statement praising President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent statements about Chinese companies.
The Sunday Times reported that Ramaphosa has thrown his weight behind China in its trade war with the United States.
“Huawei South Africa welcomes President Ramaphosa’s statement as a sign of confidence in Huawei, which has been a trusted partner to local Telcos, partners and consumers for the past 20 years,” said Huawei.
“We are encouraged to continue with our work and investment in South Africa’s ICT sector as the country is preparing for the fourth industrial revolution.”
Huawei added that it will continue to work with “dedication and focus” in supporting South African telecommunications businesses and their partners.
“Huawei has developed specific and innovative technologies for Africa to ensure that nobody gets left behind as we move into the digital age.”
President Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, told The Sunday Times that Ramaphosa was concerned about the potential effects a ban of Huawei would have on South Africa’s 5G development.
“The president expressed his concern at any efforts to curtail the efforts of Huawei to deliver a comprehensive, and what we believe to be an advanced solution in the telecommunications space,” Diko said.
Trump has recently eased certain restrictions on Huawei as part of its recent trade truce with China.
The US President said that Chinese President Xi Jingping offered to purchase large quantities of US agricultural products in exchange for the de-escalation.
China and the US will restart trade talks which broke down in May thanks to this new agreement between Trump and Xi.