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12:00 AM, December 06, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 06, 2019

Huawei cancels new phone launch in Taiwan after China row

Tech giant Huawei has cancelled the launch of a flagship phone and watch in Taiwan after Taipei imposed a temporary ban on some of its products for listing the island as part of China.

On its official Taiwan Facebook page Wednesday Chinese company Huawei said the launch of its Mate 30 Pro smartphone and its GT 2 digital watch had been cancelled due to  “supply issues” without elaborating further.

“We thank all users who participated in the pre-order event of the products ... and express deep regret for causing you inconvenience,” the statement said, adding that users would be refunded.

The cancellations came after Taiwan last month suspended sales of three Huawei models that listed the self-ruled, democratic island as  “Taiwan, China” for timezones and contacts.

On Thursday Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC) said the temporary ban of Huawei’s P30, P30 pro and Nova 5T models was still effective as the company had yet to change the wording.

How Taiwan is described is a hugely sensitive political issue.

Beijing considers Taiwan as part of its territory and has vowed to seize it by force if necessary, even though the two sides have been governed separately for the last seven decades.

In recent years international brands have routinely found themselves bowing to Beijing’s stance on Taiwan -- a much smaller market compared to the lucrative mainland.

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