Huawei UK

Huawei gets another 45-day reprieve from US Commerce Department

The US Commerce Department has announced that Huawei is getting another 45-day reprieve, extending a temporary general license allowing American companies to do business with it.

The reprieve is half the period of its prior extensions — Huawei previously got 90-day reprieves in MayAugust and November.

Huawei was blacklisted by the US in May when it was added to the United States’ “entity list”. In addition, US President Donald Trump at the same time signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge.

But the license is being extended again “to prevent interruption of existing network communication systems in rural U.S. regions and permit global network security measures,” the Commerce Department said Thursday.

“The 45-day extension is necessary to allow existing telecommunication providers — particularly those in rural US communities — the ability to continue to temporarily and securely operate existing networks while they identify alternatives to Huawei for future operation,” it said.

Ironically, The Justice Department revealed Thursday it’s charging Huawei and two of its US subsidiaries with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The federal indictment alleged Huawei used “fraud and deception” to steal technology from American companies.

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