Is Xiaomi Working With Chinese Military?
Xiaomi has been in the headlines for quite a long time because of its record-breaking sales. Earlier in January, Xiaomi and eight other apps were blacklisted by the US government for allegedly having ties with the Chinese military.
By Sayyed Shehzer Abbas
It was stated that the companies and investors will no longer be allowed to work with Xiaomi and all the ties will be cut off by November 2021.
Earlier we have seen Huawei climbing to the top of the sales chart. But the US blacklisting destroyed the Chinese tech giants and the biggest smartphone company in the world. But the Xiaomi case is quite different from the Huawei as it only stops American companies to do business with Xiaomi whereas Huawei was also banned to use any American technology in their products. Huawei is now permanently banned in the US whereas Xiaomi is still allowed to import US technology without license.
Although the methods are different, it is believed that the intentions are the same. US government is restricting Chinese manufacturers, so they won’t top the sales charts. The company has released a statement denying all kinds of accusation and any ties with the Chinese military. The statement says:
“The company confirms that it is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a “Communist Chinese Military Company” defined under the NDAA. The company will take appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the company and its shareholders. The company is reviewing the potential consequences of this to develop a fuller understanding of its impact on the Group. The company will make further announcements as and when appropriate.”
Now until the US government whitelists the company, it is still unclear how would the company manage its operations in the country and most of it is dependent on the new Biden administration that replaces the Trump administration.