Huawei Technologies Co. has inspired Western government suspicion for at least a dozen years. Recent events came as a shock to many consumers, but they continue a trajectory of investigations, abandoned partnerships, and outright bans. Add a protectionist US president with a brash approach to negotiation, and bada bing! So far, so inevitable.
What’s a lot less clear now is how this story will end for the Chinese tech giant and the hundreds of millions of consumers around the world with Huawei handsets. Trade war or trade deal, this is an early tussle in a superpower struggle that history suggests will be long and volatile. The US Department of Commerce action could be over next month, or cause headaches for years to come.