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With the unrelenting trade war between the US and China, every other country is wary of how its economy could be affected by the scuffle between the two economic giants.

Asserting that it was born out of jealousy, the president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, however, said that South Africa cannot allow its economy to be held back by the trade war.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the Digital Economy Summit on Friday where he said local telecommunications companies, which he did not name, had written to him before he attended last weekend’s G20 summit, urging him to intervene.

“We cannot afford to have our own economy being held back as there is this fight that the U.S is fighting born out of their own jealousy,” said Ramaphosa.

He said the telecommunication companies had written to him with concern about the impact the trade war would have in relation to the Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies.

“They said, Mr. President, this tussle that is happening between China and the United States around a company called Huawei is going to hurt us because we want to go to 5G and only this company Huawei can lead us to 5G but the United States is now punishing them,’” he said at the Digital Economy summit.

Huawei has been a component of the trade war that has hung over financial markets, with President Donald Trump recently agreeing to loosen restrictions on Huawei after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit.

In May, the company was added to the so-called Entity List, which bans American firms from selling to it without special permission, as punishment for alleged actions against U.S. national security interests.

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