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US tech firms to influence decision on Huawei license extension: IDC



A Huawei logo is pictured at their store at Vina del Mar, Chile July 18, 2019.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is set to decide Monday on whether to extend a temporary agreement allowing Huawei to do business in the U.S. — and Washington’s decision will likely be influenced by American tech firms, according to research firm International Data Corporation.

The U.S. Commerce Department placed the Chinese tech giant on a blacklist — the so-called Entity List — in May, preventing American companies from selling or transferring technology to Huawei unless they were granted a special license. Days later, the U.S. government eased some of those restrictions for 90 days. That temporary reprieve is set to end on Monday.

According to Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. is going to extend the license by another 90 days that will allow Huawei to continue buying parts from American companies.

“This is about, in my opinion, as much about the pressure that U.S. components suppliers are exerting on the government as opposed to say punishing Huawei,” Crawford Del Prete, president at IDC, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box ” on Monday.

Del Prete explained that Huawei’s core product lines — including telecommunications equipment, servers, storage, networking gear and even its smartphones — have “very, very complex supply chains and they rely on technology that has a very, very long lead time.” There are no near-term alternative ways for Huawei to access those advanced technologies without buying them from American companies, Del Prete said.

Ahead of the deadline, Trump told reporters on Sunday that Huawei was a national security threat. “We’ll see what happens. I’m making a decision tomorrow,” Trump said about the possible license extension.

Race for 5G

After Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in June, the two leaders agreed at the time to pause the trade war and restart negotiations. Trump also said at the meeting he will allow U.S. companies to keep selling products to Huawei.

Huawei is considered one of the leading names in the race to develop the nascent 5G technology — the next generation of high-speed mobile internet that’s expected to be a major factor in the tech industry for years to come. But the company has been facing mounting concerns that its technology could enable China to spy on others through those high-speed mobile networks.

“I’m not in a position to say whether they are a threat or not, but I think the onus is on Huawei to be able to say … ‘No we’re not a threat to security,'” Del Prete said.

For its part, Huawei has repeatedly denied that its products represent any risk.

Huawei has been dragged into the trade dispute between the United States and China as both countries race for 5G supremacy.

US-China trade fight

Earlier this month, Trump announced the U.S would put a 10% levy on additional $300 billion in goods imported from China starting Sept. 1. Some of those tariffs were subsequently delayed until Dec. 15 to avoid hitting the holiday shopping period.

“I think what the U.S. government is trying to avoid is the consumer feeling this in a significant way,” Del Prete said.

He explained those tariffs would have a direct impact by raising import costs and increasing average selling price of affected goods. Companies, he said, could struggle to meet seasonal demand for products if the levies disrupt their supply chain. That would leave American consumers dissatisfied if they couldn’t buy laptops, phones and other affected items because they were unavailable.

“So, the impact, we think, of extending these tariffs is really to make sure we have a robust Fall buying season,” Del Prete said. “That December 15 date is not by accident, in terms of being able to make sure that the component supply chain is flushed through and the consumers can have access to their products.”

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Trump firing inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint



Michael Atkinson, Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, leaves a meeting in the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2019 in Washington, DC after meeting with the House Select Committee on Intelligence today in the ongoing impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump.

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President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he is removing the inspector general who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint, according to a letter obtained by NBC News.

“This is to advise you that I am exercising my power as President to remove from office the inspector general of the intelligence community,” the Trump letter to the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees says.

The letter also says “it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General. That is no longer the case with this Inspector General.”

The firing is to take effect 30 days from Friday, according to the letter.

News of the complaint and the fact it had been withheld from Congress touched off an inquiry and testimony that resulted in Trump’s impeachment. Trump was acquitted by the Senate.

Michael Atkinson deemed the complaint an “urgent concern” that he was required by law to provide to the congressional intelligence committees.

But Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire refused to do so on the advice of the Justice Department, resulting in a standoff.

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Trump was accused of abusing the power of his office for personal political gain and obstruction of Congress.

House Democrats said there was ample evidence that Trump had abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son while withholding almost $400 million in aid, and that he had obstructed Congress by refusing to release any documents related to his actions.

Atkinson is a Trump appointee who was confirmed by the Senate in 2018. He is a career Department of Justice prosecutor.

“President Trump’s decision to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson is yet another blatant attempt by the President to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing. At a time when our country is dealing with a national emergency and needs people in the Intelligence Community to speak truth to power, the President’s dead of night decision puts our country and national security at even greater risk,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday night.”

“It undermines the transparency and oversight the American people expect of their government, and in its absence will undoubtedly lead to even greater corruption in the Administration,” he said.

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China mourns deaths of those killed by pandemic



The Chinese national flag flies at half-mast at the Tienanmen Square to mourn victims of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020 in Beijing, China. China will hold a national mourning on Saturday for martyrs who died in the fight against the novel coronavirus and compatriots died of COVID-19, according to the State Council.

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This is CNBC’s live blog covering all the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. This blog will be updated throughout the day as the news breaks. 

  • Global cases: More than 1,097,000. 
  • Global deaths: At least 59,000. 
  • Top 5 countries: United States (276,995), Italy (119,827), Spain (119,199), Germany (91,159), and China (82,511). 

The data above was compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of 9:14 a.m. Beijing time. 

All times below are in Beijing time.

9:33 am: China set to hold a national day of mourning

China will be mourning the thousands of people killed by COVID-19 on Saturday, the state council announced earlier. The national day of mourning will see people across the country observe 3 minutes of silence at 10 a.m. Beijing time. Flags will be at half-mast and entertainment activities will be suspended.

9:21 am: China reports 4 more deaths and 19 new cases

China reported an additional 19 new cases, of which 18 were from people arriving from overseas. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the mainland to 81,639, according to the China National Health Commission.

Additionally, there were 64 new cases of asymptomatic infections, or people who showed no symptoms but tested positive for COVID-19.

There were four additional deaths from the coronavirus and all of them came from the central province of Hubei, the epicenter of the mainland’s outbreak. That’s brings the total death toll in China to 3,326 as of Friday, the NHC said.

All times below are in Eastern time.

8 pm: White House advisor says another coronavirus epidemic like NYC could change US mortality rate

Another big coronavirus outbreak like the one New York City is bracing for could “dramatically change” the death rate of COVID-19 in the U.S., White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said Friday.

White House officials earlier this week projected between 100,000 and 240,000 people will die from the coronavirus in the U.S. Birx said the mortality models are updated every night to take into account new data, which generally include how the disease is progressing in other countries, social distancing restrictions imposed by states and the rise in new infections.

The estimates currently project between 40,000 and 178,000 deaths, according to the data cited by Birx, who added that the average number of deaths is expected to be around 93,000. —William Feur

6:53 pm: Trump to ban export of coronavirus protection gear, says he’s ‘not happy with 3M’

President Donald Trump said Friday that he will invoke the Defense Production Act to ban “unscrupulous actors and profiteers” from exporting critical medical gear used to protect wearers from the coronavirus.

The president unveiled the new order amid a dispute with U.S. manufacturing giant 3M, which had warned the Trump administration that halting its exports of respirator masks could make them even less available in the United States.

“We’re not happy with 3M. We’re not at all happy with 3M. And the people who dealt with it directly are not happy with 3M,” Trump said at a White House press briefing. — Kevin Breuninger, Christina Wilkie

11:16 am: Dr. Anthony Fauci warns we shouldn’t assume hydroxychloroquine is a ‘knockout drug’

Americans shouldn’t assume hydroxychloroquine is a “knockout drug” in preventing or treating COVID-19, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned.

“We still need to do the definitive studies to determine whether any intervention, not just this one, is truly safe and effective,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Fox News. “But when you don’t have that information, it’s understandable why people might want to take something anyway even with the slightest hint of being effective.”

New York state last week began the first large-scale clinical trial looking at hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for the coronavirus after the Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked the approval process. —Berkeley Lovelace Jr.

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: US deaths top 7,000, Fauci warns about ‘knockout drug’

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Photos of field hospitals set up around the world to treat coronavirus patients



Huoshenshan Hospital construction nears completion on February 2, 2020 in Wuhan, China.

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Over one million people globally have now been infected with the coronavirus that has claimed over 54,000 lives so far. Healthcare systems in countries around the world have been overwhelmed fighting the pandemic forcing governments to build temporary field hospitals to help deal with the growing numbers of their infected population.

In Wuhan, China where the coronavirus first originated, two massive emergency hospitals were built in just 10 days. In New York, the epicenter of cases in the U.S., field hospitals have now been set up in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Central Park, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has been converted into a 350-bed hospital.

The massive 1000-bed USNS Comfort also arrived this week in New York, while its sister ship, the USNS Mercy, is stationed in Los Angeles. 

As the disease continues to spread around the world inundating healthcare systems, countries scramble to build more facilities to deal with the rising number of infected patients by converting local stadiums, arenas, convention centers, parks and even parking lots into field hospitals to deal with overflow from existing hospitals. 

The following are photos of some of the field hospitals that have been built in hot spots around the world to help care for the infected and combat the coronavirus pandemic that has brought much of the world to a standstill. 

Fira Barcelona Montjuic centre in Barcelona, Spain 

A Spanish soldier stands next to beds set up at a temporary hospital for vulnerable people at the Fira Barcelona Montjuic centre in Barcelona on March 25, 2020, during the new coronavirus epidemic.

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Jacob K Javits Center in New York City

The temporary hospital is readied at the Jacob Javits Convention Center during the Coronavirus pandemic on March 30, 2020 in New York City.

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Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil

View of a temporary field hospital set up for coronavirus patients at Pacaembu stadium, in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 27, 2020.

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CenturyLink Event Center in Seattle, Washington 

Military personnel set up the 627th Hospital Center field hospital at CenturyLink Event Center on March 31, 2020 in Seattle, Washington.

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A sports stadium in Wuhan, China

This photo taken on March 5, 2020 shows a temporary hospital set up for COVID-19 coronavirus patients in a sports stadium in Wuhan, in China’s central Hubei province.

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NHS Nightingale hospital at ExCel Centre in London, England 

Soldiers and private contractors help to prepare the ExCel centre which is being made into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital, comprising of two wards, each of 2,000 people, to help tackle coronavirus on March 30, 2020 in London, England.

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Triage tent at Brescia hospital in Lombardy, Italy 

Hospital workers wearing protective mask and gear work in a patients’ triage tent at a temporary emergency structure set up outside the accident and emergency department, where any new arrivals presenting suspect new coronavirus symptoms are being tested, at the Brescia hospital, Lombardy, on March 13, 2020.

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East Meadow In Central Park, New York City

An emergency field hospital is being constructed in Central Park in New York City, United States on March 30, 2020.

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A temporary hospital in Indio, California

A temporary hospital which is been settled up by members of the California National Guard is seen in Indio, California on March 29, 2020.

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Medical tents in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Picture released by Telam showing a mobile field hospital being set by the Argentine Army at the Campo de Mayo garrison in Buenos Aires on March 21, 2020 to extend the capacity to deal with the possible growth in the number of patients with the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

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Temporary hospital in Wuhan, China

This photo taken on March 10, 2020 shows a medical staff member cleaning the floor after all patients were discharged at a temporary hospital set up to treat people with the COVID-19 coronavirus in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province.

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Parking lot of Mary Washington Hospital in Virginia

Fifty reclining chairs normally used in patients’ rooms sit in an indoor parking lot adjacent to Mary Washington Hospital as it expands its emergency testing for Coronavirus patients in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on April 3, 2020.

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Ifema exhibition complex in Madrid, Spain

In this handout from the Comunidad de Madrid, health workers prepare to receive the first patients with coronavirus at Ifema exhibition complex on March 22, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

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Construction of a temporary hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip 

This picture taken on March 23, 2020, shows an aerial view of the construction site of a field hospital to house coronavirus patients in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

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Military medical tents in Mulhouse, eastern France

Picture taken from the roof the Emile Muller Hospital shows tents of a military field hospital during its setting up in Mulhouse, eastern France, on March 22, 2020, on the seventh day of a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in France.

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USNS Comfort in New York City

A military officer next to the USNS Comfort Navy hospital ship located at Pier 90 to care for patients not related to Covic-19 on March 31, 2020 in New York City.

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