Officials familiar with the matter said Agency Reuters: The Trump administration is set to announce on Monday that it will tighten restrictions on Huawei, aiming to tighten the screws on its access to commercially available chips.
The US Commerce Department measures are supposed to expand the restrictions announced in May to prevent the Chinese telecom giant from obtaining semiconductors without a special license, including chips made by foreign companies that were developed or produced using US software or technology.
The sources said: The administration will also add 38 Huawei subsidiaries in 21 countries to the US government’s economic blacklist, bringing the total number to 152 subsidiaries since Huawei was first added in May 2019.
“Huawei and its subsidiaries have worked through external parties to harness US technology in a way that undermines US national security and foreign policy interests,” Commerce Minister Wilbur Ross said in a statement to Reuters, adding, “This multi-pronged measure demonstrates that we continue to impede Huawei’s ability to do so.”
With relations between the United States and China deteriorating to their worst in decades, Washington is pushing governments around the world to put pressure on Huawei, under the pretext that it will hand over data to the Chinese government on charges of espionage, and Huawei denies that it is spying for China.
The sources said: The new measures, which are supposed to take effect immediately, should prevent Huawei’s attempts to circumvent US export controls.
An official at the Ministry of Commerce told Reuters the measures mean that we are looking at ready-made designs that Huawei might seek to purchase from third-party design companies.
A separate trade official indicated that the restrictions are aimed at ensuring that elements produced abroad can prevent Huawei’s access to the chips covered by the restrictions issued in May, and are subject to the same American supervision.
The sources said: There is a new separate rule stating that all companies included in the economic blacklist will require a license when a company, such as Huawei, listed as a buyer, intermediary sender, end sender, or end user operates.
The 38 additional Huawei entities added to the blacklist include Huawei’s cloud units in Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin and Mexico.
The Ministry of Commerce adds separate addresses for four Huawei collection sites in the Entity List, so that no one will inadvertently transfer items to those sites.
The administration also confirmed that it will not extend the temporary general license that expired on Friday to Huawei device users and telecom service providers.
Parties must now submit license applications for transactions previously approved by the temporary license.
The sources said: The Ministry of Commerce will adopt a permanent limited mandate for Huawei entities to allow ongoing security research necessary to maintain the integrity and reliability of existing networks and equipment.