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Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled

Huawei had planned to release its Mate 30 Pro and Watch GT 2 to the Taiwanese market soon. However, this jurisdiction's NCC regulator has withdrawn its approval to sell these devices. The abrupt decision is related to an old dispute that affects the country.

Huawei had planned to launch its Mate 30 Pro and Watch GT 2 in Taipei this week. However, the OEM has had to cancel this event, as the Taiwanese NCC regulator has withdrawn approval to sell these products in its jurisdiction. The situation is related to the "one-China" issue that affects this region.

This term is derived from Beijing's assertion that Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China (PRC). This government has reportedly brought up the potnetial of military measures to enforce this conviction. The island, on the other hand, regards itself as an independent state with its own democratically-elected representation. Its current leader, Tsai Ing-wen, is solidly behind this position.

The PRC, however, as the larger and more powerful market, regularly insists that businesses wishing to work in or with it characterize the smaller with terms such as "Chinese Taipei" or "Taiwan, China" in its official region-related wording, documentation and products, software included. Ironically, Huawei (a PRC company) had faced criticism at home in the past for doing the opposite.

However, the OEM has acquiesced to the pressure to amend this. The move had led to retaliatory measures from Taipei that include recent bans on the sale of the P30, P30 Pro and Nova 5T in the country. Now, it appears that the same applies to newer devices from the same company. To date, there is no word on a new date for this Mate 30 Pro launch, or on any resolution in the impasse between Huawei and the NCC.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-12- 9 (Update: 2019-12- 9)