CHINA/EU/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Donald Trump’s plan to isolate Huawei on the world stage is going down like a lead balloon. While a series of measures announced this week aimed to ramp up pressure on U.S. allies to shun the Chinese telecom giant, none of them are so far rushing to follow Washington’s lead. Instead, two of the U.S.’s staunchest allies — Paris and London — made it clear that they would make up their own minds about how to deal with Huawei, and that their decision might not resemble Washington’s. In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron pushed back on the idea that France should blacklist the Chinese firm, telling the VivaTech industry conference: ‘Our perspective is not to block Huawei or any company.’ Taking on the role of a spokesman for Europe, Macron added: ‘France and Europe are pragmatic and realistic’ and would seek to balance ‘access to good technology and to preserve our national security’ when taking steps on Chinese telecom gear.”

Laurens Cerulus, Tim Starks and Eric Geller, “Trump’s Huawei ban spooks allies, industry,” Politico, May 17, 2019 11:00 am