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US may remove Huawei from its "black list"

But this is only if a bargain is concluded

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Huawei Technologies could be included in a trade deal between the United States and China, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday, adding there was "probably a good possibility" the two sides would ultimately be able to strike an agreement. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

The US government put the Chinese telecommunications giant on an entities blacklist last week, and the company is facing multiple indictments by the Department of Justice over alleged economic espionage and violation of US sanctions on Iran.

"Huawei is something that’s very dangerous," Trump said at the White House after speaking about his plan to give a multibillion-dollar subsidy package to American farmers. "You look at what they’ve done from a security standpoint, from a military standpoint, it’s very dangerous".

But running counter to previous statements by some members of his trade delegation – including US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who has sought to keep trade and national security matters separate during the negotiations – Trump then said, "If we made a deal, I could imagine Huawei possibly being included in some form of or some part of a trade deal".

When asked on Thursday what the inclusion of provisions on Huawei in a trade deal would look like, Trump said only that "it would look very good for us" but declined to offer details. "It’s too early to say," he added.

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