Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Huawei remains on Commerce Department's blacklist despite Trump's deal

Huawei remains on Commerce Department's blacklist despite Trump's deal

The Commerce Department was instructed by a senior USA government official to treat China's Huawei Technologies as blacklisted. And more importantly, does this mean that Huawei's blacklisted status with the U.S. Department of Commerce has been lifted? This was done, allegedly, to clear any confusion employees might have, following Trump's latest move.

USA technology companies are struggling to determine where they stand in regards to selling products to Huawei Technologies Company, the Chinese telecommunications giant, in the wake of President Donald Trump's concessions to China during the Group of 20 summit in Japan.

Huawei remains squarely on the US Commerce Department's "entity list" usually reserved for rogue regimes and their associated companies.

"We acknowledge President Trump's comments related to Huawei over the weekend and will wait for guidance from the Department of Commerce but have nothing further to add at this time", Tim Danks, Huawei vice president of risk management and partner relations, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Together with a presumption of denial (strict review process where most applications are rejected), this ultimately means that Huawei is still blacklisted.

The first is the ability to sell Huawei technology to the US market.

Huawei had filed the lawsuit in March, arguing that a law preventing United States federal agencies from buying its products violates the USA constitution by singling out an individual or group for punishment without trial.

Huawei fans heard the good news that the top Chinese OEM can still do business with American firms.

Peter Navarro, trade adviser of White House, stated that the US would allow the sales of "lower tech" chip to Huawei, ones that don't posed a threat to national security.

The letter that comes days ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's three-day visit to India in June, and the 2019 G20 Summit that has recently concluded in Japan's Osaka, assumes much significance to decide the fate of controversial Chinese gear maker Huawei in India.

US telecom companies are also prevented from purchasing products from Huawei for critical infrastructure use due to USA government concerns about Huawei's ties to the Chinese government that could lead to national security issues.

"I think. the Commerce Department will grant some temporary additional licenses where there was a general availability", he told host Chris Wallace at the time.

WASHINGTON-White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Tuesday U.S. trade talks with China are heading in the right direction and any concessions to Beijing on Huawei were small in the context of a larger trade deal.

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