Microsoft's president has called on the US to end a ban on it supplying Huawei with Windows software for the Chinese company's computers.
Huawei was blacklisted by the Trump administration in May over claims it posed a threat to the US's security. That prevents American companies from providing it with their latest tech. Brad Smith said he did not believe the US's security would be "undermined" by letting Huawei's customers use its operating system or Office apps. "Governments around the world are going to address their national security needs," he told BBC News. "But we believe it would be a mistake at the same time to try to draw some new digital iron curtain down the Pacific Ocean - I think that would hold back the United States, would hold back the democracies of the world. "We're one of a number of companies that has applied with the US Commerce department so that we can continue to provide our software operating system to Huawei for devices like laptops. "There may be some issues that require some approaches around 5G but one should ask whether that is the right approach for all of the equipment that a particular company might make."