Don Bonker
Don Bonker

APCO Worldwide has ended its nine-year relationship with Huawei, the Chinese electronics/ telecommunications giant that is at the heart of the US battle with China on the technology and trade fronts.

“We have reached the end of the contract, and we came to a mutual decision not to continue the contract," an APCO staffer told O'Dwyer's.

The seven-term Congressman Don Bonker (D-WA), had handled APCO's representation of Huawei, which officially terminated April 19.

The US has slapped sanctions on Huawei, which is heavily subsidized by the Government of China, for violating its ban on the sale of high-tech equipment to Iran.

Critics believe Huawei's telecommunications gear contains a "backdoor" to enable spying by China's government.

The US has been conducting a global campaign to persuade allies to bar Huawei technology from their 5G mobile networking systems.

The Trump administration received a major blow this week with news that the UK may go with Huawei's equipment.

Larry Weber’s Racepoint Global provides PR and crisis support for the Chinese company.