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Huawei downplays Trump’s "reprieve"

by on03 July 2019

US Trade Officials ignoring Trump anyway

US President Donald (Prince of Orange) Trump’s move to relax a ban on Huawei will not have “much impact” on the business, according to Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei.


Trump said the ban was unfair to US suppliers, who were upset that they could not sell parts and components to Huawei without government approval.

In May, Huawei was put on a list that restricts US tech firms such as Google from doing business with the Chinese telecom network gear maker, viewed as witches a security risk by Washington based on spectral evidence.

Ren said that while Trump’s statements were suitable for American companies and, Huawei is willing to continue to buy products from American companies, he didn’t see much impact on what we are currently doing.

“We are focusing on doing our job right”, he said.

Already the Commerce Department’s enforcement staff has told his staff to ignore what Trump said and continue to treat Huawei as a pariah

In an email to enforcement staff John Sonderman, Deputy Director of the Office of Export Enforcement, in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), sought to clarify how agents should approach license requests by firms seeking approval to sell to Huawei.

All such applications should be considered on merit and flagged with language noting that “This party is on the Entity List. Evaluate the associated license review policy under part 744”, he wrote, citing regulations that include the Entity List and the “presumption of denial” licensing policy that is applied to blacklisted companies.

He added that any further guidance from BIS should also be considered when evaluating Huawei-related license applications.

Last modified on 03 July 2019
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