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Pindo ban on technology & equipment sales to Huawei pushed back by 90 days
RT.com, Aug 18 2019

China’s tech giant Huawei will be granted a 90-day reprieve allowing it to continue buying technology and equipment from Pindo firms, Commerce Sec Wilbur Ross said on Monday. The “temporary general license” that was set to expire on Monday will be extended for Huawei for another 90 days, Ross told Fox Business Network. The new deadline allows Huawei to buy supplies from Pindo telecom companies until around Nov 19. Ross said:

Some of the rural companies are dependent on Huawei, so we’re giving them a little more time to wean themselves off, but no specific licenses are being granted for anything. Meanwhile, more than 40 Huawei affiliates will be put on the Entity List. We now have more than 100 subsidiaries on the Entity List. The idea is to make it more difficult for Huawei to get around the sanctions.

The news comes shortly after Trump said that he does not want Pindostan to continue doing business with the Chinese tech giant, citing a “natsec threat.” The statement came on the heels of earlier reports that Trump would grant Huawei a 90-day license extension. Last week, a separate Pindo restriction targeting the Chinese firm came into force. The measure forbids Pindo state agencies, the DoD, GSA and NASA in particular, from buying products and services from Huawei unless granted a waiver. Apart from Huawei, the ban targeted other Chinese tech companies including ZTE, Hytera, Hangzhou Hikvision and Dahua. Huawei has long been bracing for tougher Pindo sanctions. It recently launched its own operating system called Harmony to run on smartphones if it loses access to Google’s Android. The company has also vowed to unveil its own mapping service, independent of Google Maps.

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