In a new action against the abuses of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by President Donald Trump’s administration, he notified several Huawei suppliers, including chip manufacturer Intel, that the United States is denying a considerable number of licenses to sell to any company linked to the CCP and would intend to reject dozens of other applications to supply the telecommunications firm.
In an email checked by Reuters, it is documented that the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association said on Friday, Jan. 15, that the Commerce Department had issued “an intent to deny a significant number of license applications for exports to Huawei and a revocation of at least one previously issued license.
Sources familiar with the situation, who for personal protection did not report their name, said there was more than one revocation. One of the sources also added that eight licenses were withdrawn from four companies.
The email noted that the scope of the restriction measures covers a “wide range” of products within the semiconductor industry.
The United States placed Huawei on a Commerce Department “list of hazardous entities” in May 2019, which means that local suppliers are prohibited from selling U.S. products and technology. As an exception, some sales licenses were enabled and are now being revoked.
Intel Corp. was one of the firms that received exceptional licenses from U.S. authorities to continue supplying certain products to Huawei Technologies until now.
There have been no official comments yet from the Department of Commerce, nor from the affected companies, however no one has denied the information.
The Trump administration declared Huawei a national security threat because of its ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and is accused of information theft, as reported by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 30, 2020.
“Communist China intends to monitor people within our borders and engage in large-scale industrial espionage,” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said.
Europe, Britain, and France have already decided to phase out the use of Huawei Technologies’s equipment. In addition, Germany has introduced new rules to guarantee the security of 5G networks that would be equivalent to a de facto exclusion of the Chinese company, according to a report by South China Morning Post.
Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand, among others, are also listed as countries that have imposed a ban on the controversial firm.
The ban on Huawei adds to the multiple preventions and measures that several countries, following the initiatives of the United States, are taking against the aggressive strategies exposed by the CCP in search of global control.