Update (0900ET): Speaking to reporters Monday morning, President Trump took another swing at Huawei, once again accusing the Chinese telecoms giant, founded by a former soldier in the PLA, of cooperating with the CCP's state security apparatus to spy on other countries.
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After President Trump last night gave ByteDance 90 days to divest TikTok's US business, the Trump Administration kicked off a week that will be dominated by coverage of the Democrats' "virtual" convention by doubling down on its attacks on Huawei at a particularly sensitive time for the telecoms giant, as we explained in a recent post about the discontinuation of production for a critical microchip.
Shortly after Reuters published the scoop, the Commerce Department confirmed its plans to further tighten restrictions governing the company's access to chips made using American technology, even if these chips are produced by foreign firms. The company will also add 38 Huawei affiliates in 21 countries to the government's economic blacklist, the sources said, raising the total to 152 affiliates since Huawei was first added in May 2019.
The department put out a press release with more details on the order, along with a statement from Secretary Ross:
"Huawei and its foreign affiliates have extended their efforts to obtain advanced semiconductors developed or produced from U.S. software and technology in order to fulfill the policy objectives of the Chinese Communist Party,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. "As we have restricted its access to U.S. technology, Huawei and its affiliates have worked through third parties to harness U.S. technology in a manner that undermines U.S. national security and foreign policy interests. This multi-pronged action demonstrates our continuing commitment to impede Huawei’s ability to do so."
The PR also listed the 38 new Huawei affiliates being added to the Entity List over "threatening...the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States."
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Meanwhile, the battle over Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's extradition to the US continues to rage in Canada (though that might be a somewhat over-dramatic description of the case as it meanders through the Canadian legal system).