America eases restrictions on Huawei to ensure the network and telephone work
The US government has temporarily relaxed some of the trade restrictions it imposed last week on China's Huawei, a move that sought to reduce the disruption of operations of the current network and its equipment around the world.
The US Department of Commerce will allow Huawei Technologies to purchase US-made materials to maintain existing networks and update software on Huawei devices.
The company is still barred from buying US parts and components to manufacture new products without obtaining license approvals that are likely to be rejected.
The US government said it had imposed restrictions on Huawei's involvement in activities contrary to national security or foreign policy interests.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement that the new mandate was aimed at giving telecom companies that rely on Huawei equipment time to make other arrangements.
"In short, this license will allow continued operations for existing Huawei phone users and broadband networks in the countryside," he added.
The license, which will last until August 19, indicates that changes to the Huawei supply network could have immediate, long-term and unintended consequences for the company's customers.
"The goal seems to be to prevent the disruption of Internet, computer and mobile systems," said Kevin Wolf, a lawyer in Washington who is also a former official at the Commerce Department. "This is not surrender. This is the order of the situation. "
In Beijing, Ren Zheng, Huawei's founder, said in an interview with Chinese state television on Tuesday that the US government's decision to temporarily ease trade restrictions had little effect because the Chinese company had made preparations.
"The fifth generation of Huawei products will not be affected and expect no one to catch up with the company's fifth generation technology in the next two or three years," he said, adding that the US government is aware of Huawei's capabilities.