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In parting shot, Trump admin revokes Huawei supplier licenses: Report

US President Donald Trump has delivered a parting shot to Huawei and its US suppliers. Just days before Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, the outgoing administration notified several Huawei suppliers that it is revoking certain licenses that let it sell to the Chinese telecom company. The US Commerce Department also intends to reject dozens of other applications to supply to Huawei. Reuters first reported this. The Trump administration has tried to scuttle Huawei’s operations, which is one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, since 2019. In May 2019, the US government added Huawei and 70 of its affiliates to its “Entity List”, following an executive order from President Donald Trump. The US has claimed that both Huawei and ZTE were likely cooperating with Chinese intelligence services, and have close ties to the country’s military.  In an email last week, reviewed by Reuters, the Semiconductor Industry Association said the Commerce Department had issued “intents to deny a significant number of license requests for exports to Huawei and a revocation of at least one previously issued license”. Reuters reported that at least more than one, and up to eight licenses issued to four companies, were revoked. Chip maker Intel was impacted by the action, and Japanese chip maker Kioxia Corp had one license revoked.  The association’s email said the actions spanned a “broad range” of products in the semiconductor industry and asked companies whether they had received notices. The revocations came amidst pending approval for 150 licenses, which were reportedly held up…

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