Has The Trump Administration Forgotten About Its Huawei Ban?
Amid the election chaos plaguing the US, the Trump administration has apparently forgotten about its blanket ban on Huawei and is allowing Qualcomm to sell its 4G chips to the Chinese-owned company.
Processor manufacturer Qualcomm has reportedly been given the green light from the US Department of Commerce to sell 4G mobile chips to Huawei late last week.
Back in August, Trump delivered a “lethal blow” to Huawei by cutting off the company’s access to vital computer chips not just in America, but globally.
The government alleged Huawei products posed a threat to national security and claimed the company was using its products to “spy on Americans”.
Huawei admitted that same month it was running out of processor chips due to the US sanctions.
However, in the last several months, it seems the US government has been allowing companies to sell chips and other components to Huawei, as long as it is not used for its 5G business.
Among the companies selling to Huawei are Qualcomm, Samsung for its OLED displays, Intel and Sony, according to Reuters.
Qualcomm confirmed Reuters it had received a license to trade with Huawei.
“We received a licence for a number of products, which includes some 4G products,” a company spokeswoman said.
Huawei is also banned from building a 5G network in Australia after the Turnbull government blacklisted it in August 2018 in response to security advice.