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Tue Mar 13, 2018, 12:25 PM

Here are the real reasons Trump blocked Broadcom's Qualcomm takeover

The case that has been constructed is that, given Broadcom's business practices, the worry is that they will cut investment significantly, particularly in the 5G roadmap, weaken Qualcomm, as well as the U.S. position and allow Huawei, a Chinese company to take the lead," explained Stacy Rasgon, chip analyst at Bernstein.

The Treasury Department said last week in a letter to lawyers involved in the deal that Qualcomm was trusted by the U.S. government and cited Huawei as a competitive threat in the development of 5G, which is a telecommunications standard that will allow for faster transfer of data.

The case for denying Broadcom-Qualcomm deal is 'misguided'
Beyond those 5G concerns, there's even more to Trump's decision to block the deal, experts said.

"It is not just China, it is not just chips. It is broad technology. It is U.S. military power and economic power going forward and he's got a very consistent point of view," said Ron Napier, head of Napier Investment Advisors.

"Trump has been saying all year long since he was inaugurated that security is very important to him, technology is very important to him, trade is very important to him and getting jobs back to the United States is very important to him. He's making this all into one fabric," he added.

"He sees this as the U.S.' last big stand if it's going to remain the leader of the free world," Napier told CNBC.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/13/trump-blocks-broadcoms-qualcomm-takeover-concerns-about-china-5g.html

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