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Western Digital Stops All Shipments to Huawei

Western Digital (WDC) suspended its partnership with Huawei and stopped all shipments to the Chinese company after it was blacklisted by the US, Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan told the Nikkei Asian Review on Tuesday.

Western Digital entered a strategic cooperation agreement with Huawei in April that aimed to strengthen their partnership in areas such as hard drives and nonvolatile flash storage technology. The company has also been supplying Huawei with products such as flash memory for smartphones.

However, the US Commerce Department placed Huawei on its trade blacklist in May, which essentially banned US companies from doing business with the Chinese company without permission from the government.

“That required us to reassess our relationship with Huawei,” said Milligan, who was in Tokyo for Nikkei’s Global Digital Summit 2019.

Milligan said that Western Digital has not engaged in any technology transfers with Chinese companies, and has no immediate plans to do so, according to the report.

The company is considering a license to resume trade with Huawei.

Western Digital (WDC) suspended its partnership with Huawei and stopped all shipments to the Chinese company after it was blacklisted by the US, Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan told the Nikkei Asian Review on Tuesday.

Western Digital entered a strategic cooperation agreement with Huawei in April that aimed to strengthen their partnership in areas such as hard drives and nonvolatile flash storage technology. The company has also been supplying Huawei with products such as flash memory for smartphones.

However, the US Commerce Department placed Huawei on its trade blacklist in May, which essentially banned US companies from doing business with the Chinese company without permission from the government.

“That required us to reassess our relationship with Huawei,” said Milligan, who was in Tokyo for Nikkei’s Global Digital Summit 2019.

Milligan said that Western Digital has not engaged in any technology transfers with Chinese companies, and has no immediate plans to do so, according to the report.

The company is considering a license to resume trade with Huawei.

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