© Reuters. Huawei Connect in Shanghai
By Karen Freifeld and Alexandra Alper
NEW YORK / WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration announced last week to some Huawei vendors that they were revoking their licenses to sell to the Chinese tech giants and intends to resolve dozens of other requests to supply the telecommunications equipment maker familiar with the matter to decline said Reuters.
The action against Huawei Technologies – likely the last under the administration of Republican President Donald Trump – is the latest in a long-standing effort to weaken the world's largest telecommunications equipment company, which it believes poses a threat to national security and US foreign policy interests .
The announcements came amid a spate of US action against China in the final days of the Trump administration. Democrat Joe Biden will take the oath of office as president on Wednesday.
A sales department spokesman did not immediately return requests for comments.
In an email seen by Reuters that documented the measures, the Association of the Semiconductor Industry announced on Friday that the trade department had "expressed its intention to submit a significant number of license applications for exports to Huawei and to revoke at least one previously granted license to reject ". Sources familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there was more than one retraction.
The email said the measures covered a "wide range" of products in the semiconductor industry and asked companies if they had received any notices.
The email indicated that companies had waited "many months" for licensing decisions and had less than a week to manage. Dealing with it was a challenge.
A spokesman for the semiconductor group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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