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Jun 21, 2018 | 18:37 GMT

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U.S.: Lawmakers Ask Google to Cut Ties With Huawei

What Happened: Five congressmen wrote a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking the company to reconsider its partnership with China's Huawei Technologies, which they labeled a security threat, Reuters reported June 20. 

Why It Matters: Google and Huawei have several strategic partnerships that will likely remain intact. Huawei is the world's third-largest smartphone produce after Apple and Samsung, and Google has used the company to build its Nexus brand of smartphones. 

Background: The U.S. Justice Department is investigating Huawei for allegedly violating U.S. export and sanctions laws by shipping U.S originated products to Iran and other countries. The United States imposed an export ban on Huawei's rival ZTE in 2016. 

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