Huawei is planning to cut jobs at its US subsidiary as the Chinese technology giant continues to struggle with its American blacklisting, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.
Another person said some of Huawei’s Chinese employees in the US were offered the option of returning home and staying with the company, according to the report.
The cuts are expected to affect employees at Futurewei Technologies, a research and development subsidiary that employs about 850 people Huawei declined to comment, the Journal said.
President Donald Trump’s decision in May to blacklist Huawei, one of China’s most strategically important companies, has dominated global industry discussions, as it threatens to upend supply chains and disrupt the global roll-out of 5G technology — an infrastructure spending spree worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Separately, Huawei has shut down its US sales of solar inverters, Roth Capital Partners said in a research note in June.
The exit came months after US lawmakers suggested Huawei be banned from supplying solar inverters in the US, citing concern that the Chinese government could use them for spying.
A Huawei spokesman said at the time the company had cut US jobs but did not address whether it was discontinuing US inverter sales.