Facebook is the latest company to sever ties with Huawei after the Chinese giant was last month put on a US Chambers of Commerce blacklist, the latest development in the US-China trade war.
That means Huawei won’t be able to ship any more devices that use Facebook apps like Messenger, WhatsApp or Instagram, as Facebook joins the ranks of Google, Intel, and Qualcomm, the first companies to distance themselves from Huawei.
However, the Chinese company says the move won’t affect existing customer devices.
The company also seems unbothered by the latest developments, as it just struck a major deal with Russia, in a move dubbed “the tech Cold War” by BusinessInsider.
Russia’s major telecom MTS signed a deal with Huawei to build 5G Internet in Russia.
In a move that’s indeed very Cold War, the deal between MTS and Huawei was signed in the first day of a three-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Kremlin, where he met with Vladimir Putin.
The arrangement will “promote 5G technology and launch pilot 5G networks in Russia in 2019-2020,” said Huawei in a statement for BusinessInsider.
There’s no telling what this might mean for the future of Huawei and the US relationship but the trade war has so far seen the price of certain consumer goods rise in both the US and China.