Lenovo denies rumors that it cut off supplies to Huawei

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A man passes by the entrance of the Lenovo Exclusive Store in Zagreb, capital of Croatia, Feb. 2, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]

Lenovo on Sunday denied rumors that the world's largest PC maker has cut off the supply of computers and services to Huawei.

A question published Saturday on Zhihu, China's Quora, "What do you think of the rumors that Lenovo may have cut off the supply of office computers and servers to Huawei?" aroused a lot of attention online.

On the same day, a report from business media outlet Lanjinger said a "source who works at Huawei" confirmed that all Lenovo devices had been removed from Huawei's interior purchasing platform and Lenovo office computers have been replaced at the headquarters of Huawei in Shenzhen.

Lenovo published a statement denying rumors that it has cut off the supply of computers and services to Huawei on WeChat and Weibo official accounts on May 19, 2019. [Screenshot: China Plus]

The rumors emerged after U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order last Wednesday that's believed to effectively ban Huawei equipment from being used in America's telecommunications networks.

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. Commerce Department said it is adding Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and 70 affiliates to its so-called "Entity List" -- that bans the telecom giant from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without U.S. government approval.

On Sunday, Lenovo published a statement on its WeChat and Weibo official accounts saying that it didn't suspend supplies to Huawei. "After an investigation, we confirm Lenovo is supplying to Huawei as usual," said Lenovo. "Huawei is a significant client of Lenovo PC and services. We will continue to sell products and services to Huawei on the basis of strict compliance with relevant laws and regulations of the countries and regions where Lenovo does business."

Lenovo said it had launched an investigation, and will take legal action on rumormongers.

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