US Delay Ban On Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

The U.S. Commerce Department will allow Huawei Technologies to purchase American-made goods in order to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets.
21 May 2019 15:33
US Delay Ban On Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

US officials have delayed a ban on American technology exports to Chinese tech giant Huawei until mid-August.

India Today reported that this is to allow for software updates and other contractual obligations.

A Commerce Department filing on Monday said the delay does not change the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on national security grounds, an action with major implications for US and Chinese technology firms.

The document said authorities would not enforce the ban for 90 days to give Huawei and its partners time “to maintain and support existing and currently fully operational networks and equipment, including software updates and patches, subject to legally binding contracts and agreements… on or before May 16, 2019.”

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei was defiant against American attempts to block his company’s global ambitions.

He said that the US “underestimates” the telecom giant’s strength.

Mr Zhengfei told Chinese media days after President Donald Trump issued orders aimed at thwarting Huawei’s business in the United States, the latest salvo in a months-long effort to stop the company’s charge to the top of the leaderboard in next-generation 5G technology.

Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department added Huawei and 68 entities to an export blacklist that makes it nearly impossible for the Chinese company to purchase goods made in the United States.

The companies on the list are deemed to be engaged in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

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