Trump administration clarifies restrictions for US companies trading with Huawei

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It looks like the ongoing saga between Huawei and the United States is far from over, with the Trump administration providing further clarity to the president’s comments made at the beginning of the month, where US companies were once again allowed to sell tech to the Chinese firm.

According to the New York Times, which wrote a report following a speech given by the US commerce secretary earlier in the week, the government will grant licenses to American tech manufacturers to sell hardware only in the event that it does not pose any sort of security threat to the country.

To that end Huawei still remains on the Entity List, as it did back in May this year, with government approval now a requisite for trading.

Such clarity is not a surprise though, as several US senate members voiced their concerns when Trump made his comments about Huawei at the beginning of July.

This echoes sentiments shared by director of the White House National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, who stated that the restrictions were loosened slightly, adding that the US government would not be purchasing Huawei hardware, but non-security components would be allowed.

It follows a similar tact to the one that the United Kingdom has adopted with Huawei when it comes to the region’s plans for 5G, with the Chinese firm not responsible for any security-critical aspects of the proposed infrastructure that is being worked on.

While these latest developments do indeed add a bit more clarity to president Trump’s comments, the question still remains as to what falls under the national security purview, with it potentially having a far broader definition for some than others.

As such Huawei still isn’t out of the woods yet as far as its dealings with the United States is concerned, and judging on the nature of the country’s leader, the current state of restrictions could very easily be intensified.

For now though, it looks like Huawei is still able to conduct whatever business it needs to.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Editor of Hypertext. Covers smartphones, IoT, 5G, cloud computing and a few things in between. Also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games when not taking the hatchet to stories.


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