• Tuesday, June 18, 2024
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US revokes some export licenses for China’s Huawei

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The U.S. on Tuesday said it revoked some licenses that allow companies to ship goods, such as chips, to sanctioned Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies.

The move comes after the release last month of Huawei’s first AI-enabled laptop, the MateBook X Pro powered by Intel’s new Core Ultra 9 processor.

The laptop launch drew fire from Republican lawmakers, who suggested the Commerce Department had given the green light to Intel to sell the chip to Huawei.

The revocations come after a years-long review of the U.S. policy on what U.S. goods and technology could be shipped to Huawei, a flagship Chinese company viewed as a national security threat.

They could hamper Huawei’s recently resurgent revenue, and also hurt U.S. suppliers that have been allowed to do business with the company.

“We continuously assess how our controls can best protect our national security and foreign policy interests, taking into consideration a constantly changing threat environment and technological landscape,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.

“We are not commenting on any specific licenses, but we can confirm that we have revoked certain licenses for exports to Huawei.”

A spokesperson for Intel declined to comment. Qualcomm, whose chips are in Huawei’s phones, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Some companies were notified on Tuesday that their licenses were revoked effective immediately, according to one person familiar with the matter.

Huawei did not immediately comment on the decision by the U.S. Commerce Department.

The company was placed on a U.S. trade restriction list in 2019 amid fears it could spy on Americans, part of a broader effort to handicap China’s ability to bolster its military. Being added to the list means the company’s suppliers have to seek a special, difficult-to-obtain license before shipping.

Even so, suppliers to Huawei have received licenses worth billions of dollars to sell Huawei goods and technology, including one particularly controversial authorization, issued by the Trump administration, which has allowed Intel to ship central processors to Huawei for use in its laptops since 2020. -Reuters