The Trump administration gave Huawei Technologies a 90-day reprieve Monday from a ban on doing business with USA companies, as high-stakes trade talks between Washington and Beijing struggle to show gains.
It was rumored, based on unnamed sources, before the weekend, and it turned out to be accurate: the United States is granting Huawei an additional 90-day reprieve, during which the Chinese company can buy USA tech from American suppliers.
According to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, more than 50 companies applied special licenses to distribute to Huawei in the past three months.
Previous the first 90-day exemption didn't include Huawei conducting business with USA until, Pres. Trump met with the Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Japan to allow the company business with US companies till the 90-days expired.
In May, the U.S. Commerce Department placed Huawei on its so-called Entity List.
Huawei relies on Google's Android for its mobile phones but is developing its own operating system, Harmony.
The Entity List, which is enforced by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), identifies entities believed to be involved in activities that pose a threat to US national security and foreign policy.
"In 3-5 years time, Huawei will be flowing with new blood", Ren said.
On May 15, he issued a national security order banning all business with the company, sending shockwaves through Huawei, because of its heavy dependence on U.S. semiconductors, but also through Silicon Valley's chipmakers.
August 19th marks the end of the temporary reprieve the U.S. government gave Huawei after banning its access to American products, including hardware components as well as software licenses it needs to manufacture and sell all sorts of devices.
Huawei, as a result has been dragged into the trade war between the USA and China as both nations are competing strongly to gain global supremacy over 5G technologies.
Now, as Reuters reports, it looks like the U.S.is set to extend this grace period for a further 90 days.
For Huawei's smartphone customers, the impact is not likely to take effect for some time, as the company has already obtained access to the next major version of Android.
Ren said Huawei is planning as if the USA export restrictions will remain in place.
The government blacklisted Huawei, alleging that the company violated United States sanctions against Iran.
"The continuation of the [Temporary General License] is meant to afford consumers across America the necessary time to transition away from Huawei equipment, given the persistent national security and foreign policy threat", it said. They are in no one's interests, including USA companies.