Chinese telecom giant Huawei is planning extensive layoffs in the U.S., according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which quoted "people familiar with the matter," as the company continues to grapple with being blacklisted.
The WSJ report stated that "The layoffs are expected to affect workers at Huawei’s U.S.-based research and development subsidiary, Futurewei Technologies, according to these people. The unit employs about 850 people in research labs across the U.S., including in Texas, California and Washington State."
The layoffs could be in the hundreds, one person told the Journal. Huawei’s Chinese employees in the United States were being given an option to return home and stay with the company, another person added.
Some employees have already been notified of their dismissal, while more planned job cuts could be announced soon, the newspaper said.
Last month, US President Donald Trump said at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, that he would allow some US tech sales to Huawei to resume but that the company will stay on the entity list until the conclusion of talks between Washington and Beijing to resolve their ongoing trade war.
Last week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the U.S. government would issue licenses to companies seeking to sell goods to Huawei where there was no threat to national security.
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