US Is Reviewing Huawei Export License Policy Amid Rising Congressional Scrutiny Of China

US Is Reviewing Huawei Export License Policy Amid Rising Congressional Scrutiny Of China

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The US government is considering policies that would allow some US exports to go to Huawei, despite pressure from the Trump and Biden administrations to prevent the Chinese telecommunications giant from acquiring US technology.

Alan Estevez, a Department of Commerce official, told lawmakers on Tuesday that the policy would be "under review" as the agency conducted a "top-down review" of the [People's Republic of China's] related export control policies.

Estevez testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which is holding hearings about China's influence on US national security.

As of 2019, Huawei is one of the Chinese companies on the Commerce Department's Entity List, which prohibits US companies from trading certain goods with registered companies unless they are licensed to do so.

US officials have expressed concern that Huawei's 5G wireless network equipment could allow the Chinese government to eavesdrop on US communications. Huawei denies this poses a security risk, and its founder says the company will fight attempts by the Chinese government to get hold of its data.

Between January and March 2022, the Commerce Department approved more than $23 billion worth of trade license applications with Chinese companies on the legal entity register, according to Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCall. In Tuesday's hearing involving Estevez, McCall urged the Commerce Department to link the license agreement to the broader US government's efforts to marginalize Huawei and similar companies.

“The licensing rules from the previous government that Huawei still supports allow things under 5G, below the cloud level,” said Estevez, “and I would say that all of these things are evaluated.”

The restrictions on the entity list do not impose a "general embargo" on exports in general, Estevez added, but reflect specific rules for certain exports.

Separately, in 2020, the Commerce Department banned Huawei's suppliers from selling the company's semiconductor chips made with US-made software and hardware unless those suppliers also hold a license.

Other parts of the US government have also taken action against Huawei. The FCC banned US wireless carriers from using federal funds to purchase Huawei network equipment, and last year also banned future authorizations for the sale of Huawei equipment in the United States, marking the first use by the FCC's national security device authorization agency. Target. Target.

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