US grants ex­ten­sion to firms to work with Huawei

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Wash­ing­ton, US - The United States has granted an­other 90 days for com­pa­nies to cease do­ing busi­ness with China’s telecoms gi­ant Huawei, say­ing the move would al­low ser­vice providers to con­tinue to of­fer cov­er­age in ru­ral ar­eas.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in May ef­fec­tively barred Huawei from Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works af­ter Wash­ing­ton found the com­pany had vi­o­lated US sanc­tions on Iran and at­tempted to block a sub­se­quent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ex­ten­sion, re­new­ing one is­sued in Au­gust, ‘will al­low car­ri­ers to con­tinue to ser­vice cus­tomers in some of the most re­mote ar­eas of the United States who would oth­er­wise be left in the dark’, US Com­merce Sec­re­tary 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.”

Huawei said on Mon­day the de­ci­sion did noth­ing to al­ter the com­pany’s view that Wash­ing­ton has treated it un­fairly and called on the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­move Huawei from a for­eign tech­nol­ogy black­list.

Amer­i­can of­fi­cials also claim Huawei is a tool of Bei­jing’s elec­tronic es­pi­onage, mak­ing its equip­ment a threat to US na­tional se­cu­rity - some­thing the com­pany de­nies.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tues­day de­clined to com­ment on whether trade ne­go­ti­a­tions from the two coun­tries have made progress on the Huawei is­sue.

“We do not re­quire for­eign gov­ern­ments to of­fer any spe­cial treat­ment for Chi­nese com­pa­nies,” Geng said.

“All we ask from for­eign gov­ern­ments is equal treat­ment for Chi­nese com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Huawei.”

In a state­ment, the Chi­nese com­pany said Wash­ing­ton’s de­ci­sion to black­list it ‘has caused more harm to the US than to Huawei’.

‘This has done sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic harm to the Amer­i­can com­pa­nies with which Huawei does busi­ness and has al­ready dis­rupted col­lab­o­ra­tion and un­der­mined the mu­tual trust on which the global sup­ply chain de­pends,’ it said.

‘We call on the US govern­ment to put an end to this un­just treat­ment and re­move Huawei from the en­tity list.’

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