NEW YORK / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration informed several Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it was canceling some licenses to sell to the Chinese company and intended to reject dozens of other applications to supply the telecom firm Is, people who are familiar. Reported the matter to Reuters.
The crackdown against Huawei Technologies – possibly the last one against the company under the administration of Republican President Donald Trump – is the latest in a long-running effort to undermine the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, which it says is a US national There is a threat to security and foreign policy. Interests
The notice came amid a rash of US actions against China in the last days of the Trump administration. Democrat Joe Biden will take the oath of office on Wednesday.
An Intel Corp spokesman had no immediate comment, and a Commerce Department spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
In an email seen by Reuters documenting the actions, the Semiconductor Industry Association said on Friday that the Commerce Department had “denied Huawei a significant number of license requests for exports and revoked at least previously issued licenses The intention was issued. ” Sources familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that there was more than one revocation.
The email stated that the action spread a “broad range” of products in the semiconductor industry and asked companies whether they had received notice.
The email stated that companies had been waiting for several months for licensing decisions and the administration had less than a week to go, but it was a challenge to deal with.
A spokesperson for the semiconductor group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The United States placed Huawei on a Commerce Department “entity list” in May 2019, citing national security concerns, with suppliers being banned from selling American goods and technology to the company.
But some sales were allowed and others were denied while the United States ratified sanctions against the company, requiring Americans to license for the sale of semiconductors made overseas with American technology Expansion of authority was included.
Prior to the latest action, some 150 licenses were pending for $ 120 billion dollars worth of goods and technology, said a person familiar with the matter, which was held because various U.S. agencies could not agree that Should they be allowed.
Reporting by Karen Freifeld and Alexandra Elper; Editing by Chris Sanders and Jonathan Otis