With three days left to end the Trump administration’s term, Reuters’ “exclusive report” on the 18th quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that the Trump administration had notified several Huawei suppliers, including chip maker Intel, that it would revoke the offer to the company. The Chinese company sells certain licenses for its products and intends to reject dozens of other applications to supply the telecom company.
Reuters believes the action could be the last against Huawei under Trump, the latest in a long-running effort to weaken the world’s largest telecom equipment maker. The Trump administration has consistently claimed Huawei is a threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.
The notices come amid a flurry of actions against China in the Trump administration’s final days, the report noted. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20, local time.
In this regard, the report said that an Intel spokesman had no immediate comment. A Commerce Department spokesman also didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
In addition, in an email documenting the actions seen by Reuters, the semiconductor Industry Association said on Jan. 15 local time that the U.S. Commerce Department “intends to deny a batch of licenses to export products to Huawei.” application, and revoke at least one previously issued permit,” said the person, who asked not to be named, revocation more than once.
The email said the actions involved “a wide range” of products from the semiconductor industry and asked if companies had been notified. The email mentions that businesses have waited “months” for these licensing decisions, and dealing with the issue is a challenge with less than a week left in the Trump administration.
A spokesman for the Semiconductor Industry Association also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In response to the U.S. continuing to suppress Huawei and other Chinese companies, China has responded many times before. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on January 14 that China’s position on relevant issues is consistent and clear. The Chinese government has always encouraged Chinese enterprises to carry out foreign economic cooperation in accordance with market principles, international rules, and laws and regulations. What we oppose is the politicization of economic and trade issues, the abuse of state power, the generalization of the concept of national security, and the unprovoked suppression of foreign companies. The United States should earnestly respect the principles of market economy and fair competition, abide by international economic and trade rules, and provide an open, fair, just, and non-discriminatory business environment for companies from all countries, including Chinese companies, to invest and operate in the United States.