Washington extends exemptions granted to Huawei

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Washington will extend the exemptions granted to the Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which allows Huawei to maintain its existing networks and provide software updates to the owners of its phones, according to information obtained from sources informed of the situation.

Last May, US President Donald Trump signed a decree that banned US companies from using telecommunications equipment manufactured by companies that pose a risk to national security, a measure that targets Huawei in particular.

However, the US administration returned a few days later to remove some of the restrictions imposed on Huawei, allowing it to obtain from US companies – especially those outside the United States – the equipment needed to continue serving his customers.

It is still forbidden for the Chinese telecommunications giant to buy at least 25% of products with components derived from American technology or materials.

The United States believes that China could use Huawei for espionage purposes, accusations that Beijing rejects.

According to the sources, Huawei’s temporary authorization, which is due to expire on August 19, will be extended by 90 days – a deadline identical to that granted last May to the Chinese firm by the Commerce Department.

This issue, which is central to the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing, remains under discussion and the decision could change by Monday, the sources said.

According to one of them, Donald Trump has planned to talk by phone about Huawei’s question with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping over the weekend.

The US Department of Commerce declined to comment on Friday night, referring to remarks by Wilbur Ross during an interview this week on CNBC television. “I’ll be happy to inform him on Monday,” said the secretary of the Treasury.

On Friday, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced the postponement of customs duties on some home furnishings products and Internet modems made in China, a few days after postponing the introduction of taxes on phones mobiles and laptops imported until mid-December next.

Source: Agencies