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Huawei Scraps Laptop Launch due to US Blacklisting

Chinese tech giant Huawei has scrapped the launch of new laptop as a result of being effectively barred from doing business with American suppliers.

It’s the first product launch the company has cancelled as a result of being put on a blacklist restricting its access to U.S. technology.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer division, told CNBC that the firm had formally planned to launch a new product in its Matebook series without giving a date, but it had been indefinitely put on hold.

He said that being on the U.S. Entity List, which restricts American companies from selling products to Huawei, had caused the cancellation, which was first reported by digital news outlet The Information.

“We cannot supply the PC,” Yu said, adding that the situation is “unfortunate.”

When asked if the laptop could be launched at a later date, Yu said it “depends on how long the Entity List will be there.” He acknowledged that, if Huawei is on the blacklist for a long time, the laptop will not be able to be launched.

Huawei relies on U.S. technology for significant parts of its consumer products. Its top-of-the-range Matebook X Pro runs Microsoft’s Windows operating system and uses chips by Intel.