The Reuters news agency, citing its sources, announced that the US Department of Commerce intends to extend the validity of the temporary license for Huawei.This license will allow Huawei to buy telecommunications network equipment from US companies, as well as provide software updates for its mobile devices.
According to the publication, the temporary license of Huawei expires on August 19, and the US authorities want to extend it for another 90 days.
Thus, owners of smartphones Huawei and Honor can be sure that their devices will remain up to date at least until the end of this year.
Nevertheless, the situation is still unstable and it is likely that no one will renew the license. The US Department of Commerce declined to comment.
The US used sanctions, and then delaying them, as advantage in a trade war with China. Extending delay is perhaps part of this strategy. To obtain a license or permanently remove some restrictions on trade relations with the states, China will have to make certain concessions.
“The situation surrounding the license, which has become a key bargaining chip for the United States in its trade negotiations with China, remains fluid and the decision to continue the Huawei reprieve could change ahead of the Monday deadline, the sources said. U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed Huawei in a call last weekend, one of the sources said”, — reports Reuters.
Recalling, on May 15, 2019, Donald Trump signed a decree allowing the U.S. Department of Commerce to block transactions involving foreign communication companies if they pose a threat to country’s security.
On the next day, May 16, the US Department of Commerce blacklisted the Chinese company Huawei and 70 more related companies, banning the purchase of components and technologies of American manufacturers without special permission. A few days later, Google refused to cooperate with Huawei (there will be no Google applications on the new Huawei smartphones) and three semiconductor giants (Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom), leaders of the enterprise.