U.S. intelligence warned that Huawei would consider starting to market its devices by importing them from Mexico.
The plan would be to send millions of smartphones to Mexico and then import them into the United States with other brands.
With this technique, known as “white labeling,” the Chinese telecommunications giant would circumvent the ban on selling its products in the United States, according to a media outlet EFE report.
“According to officials, the Shenzhen, China-based company planned to ship a large number of its smartphones to Mexico where the smartphones would be relabeled and shipped into the United States,” said Bill Gertz, a journalist with the Washington Free Beacon.
“As non-Huawei devices, there would be no prohibition on selling them in the United States,” Gertz continued.
“The phones, however, could be identified as Huawei devices by examining their electronic components that can be traced to the Chinese telecom,” he concluded without giving further details about Huawei’s new strategy.
The Trump administration vetoed Huawei products after studying several reports and testimonies suggesting that, in recent years, the Chinese regime has used this technology to spy on and influence foreign companies and governments.
Three months ago, President Trump decided to sign an executive order prohibiting U.S. companies from using the telecommunications services of any foreign firm that jeopardizes the country’s security, the BBC said.
“It is clear that Huawei has the ability and desire to steal our private information and use it against us,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said in an interview with the Florida Daily.
Ren Zhengfei, the founder of Huawei, is a member of the Chinese Communist Party and a former Chinese army electronic warfare expert.
Zhengfei predicted in June that the firm would make US$30 billion less this year than expected after the United States veto, according to a previous EFE report.