As XDA Developers points out, the US’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) classifies “Communist Chinese military companies” as “any person identified in the Defense Intelligence Agency publication numbered VP-1920-271-90, dated September 1990, or PC-1921-57-95, dated October 1995, and any update of those publications for the purposes of this section” along with “any other person that–(i) is owned or controlled by the People’s Liberation Army; and (ii) is engaged in providing commercial services, manufacturing, producing, or exporting”.
The US hasn’t elaborated any further on how Xiaomi – a company which specialises in consumer electronics – fits into this, or what evidence they have to back this up.
Stats for the third quarter of last year put Xiaomi as not only the third biggest Android smartphone maker in the world, but also the third biggest smartphone maker overall – even ahead of Apple.
Samsung and Huawei were above the Mi 11 makers in first and second place respectively.
It remains to be seen, however, whether this latest move from the US could make Xiaomi reconsider any reliance they currently have on American firms as a whole, specifically Android and Google.