Huawei Still Blacklisted, U.S. Official Tells Enforcement Staff

Two days ago, Donald Trump surprised everyone by promising Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Japan that he would allow the US Companies to sell products to the Huawei. However, despite the announcement, it looks like the US Huawei ban may not be coming to an end any time soon.

Huawei Still Blacklisted, U.S. Official Tells Enforcement Staff

Well, if you are staying updated with the latest tech news across the world, then you might be well aware of the ongoing trade war between the US Government and Huawei. It all started the previous month when the Trump administration included Huawei under the dreaded entity list.

What that means is that the Chinese tech giant, of course, Huawei had been restricted to sell or purchase any product from the US Market. Shortly after the ban, the Chinese tech Giant Huawei suffered lots of loss. Out of all those, Huawei getting banned from using Android and Google Play Store apps is the biggest blow for the company.

Just when things looked to take a more sharp turn, Donald Trump had reversed the ban on Huawei. Two days ago, Donald Trump surprised everyone by promising Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G20 Summit in Japan that he would allow the US Companies to sell products to the Huawei.

That means that the tech companies like Qualcomm, Intel, Google, etc. who were previously restricted from selling tech solutions to the Chinese company Huawei were now free from any restrictions. However, despite the announcement, it looks like the US Huawei ban may not be coming to an end any time soon.

According to Reuters, a senior U.S. official this week told the US Commerce Department enforcement team that Huawei should still be treated as blacklisted and the U.S. companies are still restricted from doing business with China’s Huawei.

Huawei Still Blacklisted, U.S. Official Tells Enforcement Staff
Huawei Still Blacklisted, U.S. Official Tells Enforcement Staff

The senior U.S. Official in talks is John Sonderman, Deputy Director of the Office of Export Enforcement in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). He sent an email to the US Commerce Department enforcement staffs telling how to approach firms seeking approval to sell to Huawei.

In an email seen by Reuters, John Sonderman wrote “this party is on the Entity List. Evaluate the associated license review policy under part 744”, citing regulations that include the Entity list and the ‘presumption of denial’ licensing policy that’s applied to blacklisted companies.

For those who don’t know, the ‘Presumption of denial’ implies some strict reviews, and most of the licenses reviewed under it are not approved. So, what do you think about this? Share your views with us in the comment box below.



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