'Not productive for our business'... Michael Dell urges end to US-China tariff ****-for-tat spat

www.theregister.co.uk | 8/26/2019 | Staff
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VMworld Michael Dell sounded off against the China-US trade war today at VMware's VMworld 2019 conference in San Francisco, branding the ongoing row as "unproductive."

During a Q&A with journalists, the CEO of Dell, which owns VMware, added that his American computer-making giant has "had to make some adjustments to our business due to the tariffs," and that his "first priority is continuity of supply."

Mike - Question - Reporter - Assurances - Dell

Big Mike was responding to a question from a Chinese reporter who sought assurances Dell would be able to continue supporting its customers in the Middle Kingdom as the White House cracked down on trade between America and China.

This pressure has included increased tariffs on imported Chinese components – some extra levies will be applied later this year to gear coming into the US, some are already in place – and a looming ban on the likes of Huawei importing and using American technology.

Huawei - Manufacturing - Giant - Friday - Instruction

Speaking of Huawei, the manufacturing giant on Friday indicated it would the royalty-free open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture for its processors if it is blocked by the US from using upcoming CPU technology from Arm. Huawei has a perpetual license to use Arm's 64-bit Armv8 architecture.

"If Arm's new technologies are not available in the future, we can also use RISC-V, an architecture which is open to all companies. The challenge is not insurmountable," Huawei's rotating chairman Xu Zhijun said.

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What the Dell is going on?

It is against this backdrop that the Dell founder hit back at the political brouhaha. The extra import levies are pushing up the costs of Chinese-made components coming into America. And the efforts to stem the flow of US kit and software into China are weighing on the Texan's mind.

Priority - Continuity - Supply - Executive - Hacks

"Our first priority is continuity of supply, and fortunately we've been able to do that," the chief executive told assembled hacks. "We...
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