(July 17): The UK has caved in to demands from the US to ban Huawei. The US has removed Hong Kong’s special status and imposed sanctions on Chinese companies and legislators. This is all in the headlines as international politics, so we shrug it off believing this is a dispute that has no impact on our business operations.

That belief is incorrect.

This international coercive behaviour seeps much further down the supply and business chain. The effects cascade from the national to the business to the individual level very quickly. Following the success of its Huawei pressure campaign, the US may seek to extend that pressure to other “friendly” governments such as Singapore.

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