U.S. Eases Some Restrictions on Huawei; Former Obama Defense Secretary Ash Carter Praises Trump Administration for Protecting U.S. Interests

  • The Trump administration has announced plans to ease restrictions on Huawei by saying the company would “remain on the Entity List, but that licenses to trade with the company would be issued under certain circumstances.”
  • In May, the Trump administration put Huawei on the Entity List as part of its ongoing trade war with China. While on the list, Huawei wasn’t able to work with U.S. companies without approval from the government.
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the U.S. government “will issue licenses where there is no threat to U.S. national security,” but added that “Huawei itself remains on the Entity List, and the announcement does not change the scope of items requiring licenses.”
  • On the same day as Ross’ announcement, former defense secretary under President Obama, Ash Carter, “praised the Trump administration’s blacklist of certain products from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei over national security concerns.”
  • Carter said: “We’ve got to stick up for ourselves. China is a Communist dictatorship. And I’m not out to change them, but when they come to the business scene, they bring a combination of political, military, and economic tools that societies like ours don’t possess.”
  • Carter added: “And we need to protect our companies and protect our friends and allies against what is inherently an uneven playing field.”
  • The U.S. has repeatedly accused Huawei of working under the direction of the Chinese government, which the company has denied.
  • According to reports, “officials and observers warn that Huawei’s connections to the Chinese government raise serious national security concerns, especially with regards to the company’s dominance of the 5G equipment market.”
  • A recent study said that some Huawei employees have been “linked to specific instances of hacking or industrial espionage conducted against Western firms.”
  • When placing Huawei on the Entity List in May, Ross said: “This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.

Reference Links

  • Washington Examiner: ‘We’ve got to stick up for ourselves’: Obama’s Pentagon chief agrees with Trump on Huawei blacklist READ
  • The Verge: US to ease Huawei trade restrictions with heavy caveats READ
  • South China Morning Post: Could Huawei be using Trojan circuits to help Beijing spy on the US? READ
  • CNET: US keeps Huawei on blacklist, but will allow licensed sales READ

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