The U.S. Department of Commerce extended the Temporary General License authorizing specific, limited transactions involving the export, reexport, and transfer of items to Huawei and its non-U.S. affiliates. This is the third 90-day extension.
The action aims to minimize disruption for Huawei customers; many of them operate networks in rural areas.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said, “The department will continue to rigorously monitor sensitive technology exports to ensure that our innovations are not harnessed by those who would threaten our national security.”
The temporary license applies to those on the U.S. Entity list. Huawei was added to the list after the Department of Commerce concluded the Chinese telecom is engaged in activities that are contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests, Inside Towers reported. Those activities include alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, including providing prohibited financial services to Iran, and obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of those alleged violations of U.S. sanctions. Huawei refutes the allegations.
Huawei said it is being treated unfairly and downplayed the action. The Chinese telecom said the latest extension would not, “have a substantial impact on Huawei’s business either way,” Reuters reported.
November 20, 2019