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US government postpones important Huawei meeting

The US government has postponed an important meeting with Huawei.

The planned meeting to discuss the tech firm's restriction on sales of US technology to Huawei and China was scheduled to take place on February 28, but has now been pushed back until March 11.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are all expected to attend.

Last month, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to reject

Meanwhile, Google recently clarified its stance on using its apps on Huawei devices.

The tech giant shared an update with users to explain why you shouldn't "preload or sideload" its services on devices made by the Chinese manufacturer.

In a post from Android & Play Legal Director Tristan Ostrowski, he wrote: "Due to government restrictions, Google's apps and services are not available for preload or sideload on new Huawei devices.

"To protect user data privacy, security, and safeguard the overall experience, the Google Play Store, Google Play Protect, and Google's core apps (including Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others) are only available on Play Protect certified devices.

"Play Protect certified devices go through a rigorous security review and compatibility testing process, performed by Google, to ensure user data and app information are kept safe. They also come from the factory with our Google Play Protect software, which provides protection against the device being compromised.

"This has been our long-standing approach to user security and privacy and is applied consistently across all device manufacturers."

Huawei was handed a 45-day reprieve licence by the US Commerce Department in February.

After the company was blacklisted by the US government from using their products last May, the firm obtained a temporary licence allowing US companies to do business with them and now they have had it extended.

However, their previous 90-day reprieves in May, August and in November was cut down to half the time.

The Commerce Department insisted they extended it again "to prevent interruption of existing network communication systems in rural U.S. regions and permit global network security measures."

They added: "The 45-day extension is necessary to allow existing telecommunication providers - particularly those in rural US communities - the ability to continue to temporarily and securely operate existing networks while they identify alternatives to Huawei for future operation."

Huawei has previously insisted they have been treated "unfairly".

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