- South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has chosen his side amidst the accusations made against China and the country’s phone company giant, Huawei
- Ramaphosa has given China and Huawei his support, and the support of South Africa
- US President Donald Trump recently made accusations against Huawei and the Chinese government for an alleged spying plot involving Huawei’s 5G technology
While an alleged spying plot involving China and Huawei had United States President, Donald Trump, halting the mobile phone company’s business in the US, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has come out as an ally to China, putting SA on the side of the Asian superpower.
Ramaphosa has been attending the G20 Summit in Japan this week and, as a result, has had to make some assurances to certain leaders, while playing an intense game of political chess.
While the US is South Africa’s third-largest trading partner, Ramaphosa has decided not to side with the Trump-led nation, but rather put his trust in business relations with the Chinese and Huawei, The South African reported.
Last month, Google made the decision to suspend some of its business with Huawei, after Trump blacklisted the Chinese multinational manufacturer.
This action followed accusations made by the US and the UK against the mobile phone company, regarding allegations of spying from the Chinese government, with the help of Huawei and their 5G technology.
Although this trade war between Trump and China seems to have cooled down recently, the US president stays suspicious of the Asian superpower and Huawei’s involvement with its government.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa’s reasoning for siding with China most likely has to do with the investments made by the country to SA’s enterprises, which will probably continue moving forward.
In 2018 alone, China forked out R196 billion for foreign investment in South Africa, including a R33 billion loan to struggling SA state-owned enterprise and electricity provider, Eskom.
South African seems to be able to count on China as an ally; just a couple weeks ago, Ambassador Lin Songtian, Beijing's top envoy in SA, sang Ramaphosa’s praises, dubbing him the right man for the SA presidency.
As far as Huawei goes, suggestions have been made that the multinational manufacturer is SA’s best chance when it comes to the possibility of a 5G roll-out for the country, which may place the Chinese company high on Ramaphosa’s list of good business partners to have.
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