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August 19, 2019
David Shepardson, Karen Freifeld / Reuters

David Shepardson, Karen Freifeld / Reuters  
Commerce Department Grants Huawei 90-Day Extension to Buy Components From U.S. Companies but Adds More Than 40 Huawei Units to Economic Blacklist

The United States will extend a temporary general license that permits China’s Huawei Technologies to buy components from U.S. companies to supply existing customers, the Commerce Department said, but it also moved to add more than 40 of Huawei’s units to its economic blacklist, or so-called entities list, despite Donald Trump’s statements that Huawei would be granted no such reprieve. The reprieve follows a general ban on Huawei buying U.S. products imposed by the Trump Administration in May. The temporary reprieve allows the Chinese telecom and tech giant to maintain existing telecommunications networks and provide software updates to Huawei handsets. The Commerce Department is also requiring the exporter, re-exporter, or transferor of tech components to obtain a certification statement from any Huawei entity prior to using the temporary general license.

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April 5, 2019
Brendan Pierson, Karen Freifeld / Reuters

Brendan Pierson, Karen Freifeld / Reuters  
U.S. Government Says It Gathered Information on Huawei Using FISA Surveillance

The U.S. government notified Huawei in a court filing of its intent to use information against the embattled telecom tech giant in sanctions violation and bank fraud litigation that prosecutors say was “obtained or derived from electronic surveillance and physical search” obtained under the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). FISA surveillance by U.S. authorities is usually sought in connection with espionage by foreign powers. The U.S. government has alleged that Huawei has a too-close relationship with the Chinese government and that the company’s gear can be used to spy on behalf of Beijing.

May 19, 2019
Karen Freifeld / Reuters

Karen Freifeld / Reuters  
Commerce Department May Scale Back Huawei Restrictions to Help Rural Internet Access and Mobile Phone Service Providers

The Commerce Department said it may soon scale back restrictions on Huawei Technologies after this week’s blacklisting in an executive order issued by Donald Trump would have made it nearly impossible for the Chinese company to service its existing customers. The Department is considering issuing a temporary general license to “prevent the interruption of existing network operations and equipment,” a spokeswoman said. The temporary general license, which would last for 90 days, would allow Huawei to purchase equipment from U.S. firms including Qualcomm, Intel Corp, and Micron Technology, in order to service its existing customers. Rural Internet access and mobile phone service providers that purchased network equipment from Huawei in recent years would be particular beneficiaries of this relaxation.