Dongfang.com·Zongxiang News reporter He Luheng
Two weeks after Trump announced the relaxation of restrictions on sales to Huawei, the US Department of Commerce this Tuesday Finally officially confirmed the matter. But while some American companies breathed a sigh of relief, experts have poured cold water on them: things are not that simple!
According to a Reuters report on Tuesday (July 9) local time, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Wilbur Ross) said at a meeting hosted by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that the government US companies will be allowed to sell technology to the blacklisted Chinese telecom giant Huawei, as long as these technologies do not pose a threat to US national security.
In May of this year, the US Department of Commerce included Huawei and its 68 subsidiaries on the entity list, prohibiting US companies from selling technology to it, claiming that it had reason to believe that Huawei was involved "Activities that violate the interests of U.S. national security or foreign policy."
However, in order to restart the stalled Sino-U.S. trade negotiations, U.S. President Trump announced at the G20 summit two weeks ago, American companies will be allowed to sell products to Huawei.
"In order to implement theAccording to the instructions at the 20th summit, the Department of Commerce will issue sales licenses for certain US technologies that do not threaten US national security. "Ross said that he specifically emphasized that the restrictions are "not threatening the national security of the United States."
"Within these restrictions, we will work hard to ensure that we are not just transferring revenue from the United States to foreign companies. "
According to the previousBloomberg and many other media reported that since Huawei was included in the Entity List in May, the US semiconductor industry has been lobbying the government for the separation and sale of non-sensitive products that Huawei can purchase overseas, on the grounds that a comprehensive ban would harm the interests of US companies. .
Although Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei responded to the "Financial Times" on the 2nd of this month, regardless of restrictions or not, it will not have much impact on Huawei. "We will still Focus on doing your job well.
But as Ren Zhengfei said, relaxing restrictions on Huawei still seems to be good news for some US companies.
However, there is Industry observers believe that various actions in the United States indicate that the "plot" is far from the time when "everyone is happy".
In addition to the restrictions, Rose also emphasized another in his speech on Tuesday A key message: Huawei will remain in the entityOn the list, and the range of products sold to it that require a license will not change. This means that obtaining a sales license will still have to overcome many difficulties.
Doug Jacobson, a trade lawyer in Washington, said: "What is a technology that does not endanger the security of the United States. The specific policy is still unclear. The only way the industry can determine this boundary is Only by submitting (licensing) applications can we know which types will be approved and which types will be rejected."
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said in an interview with Bloomberg that the United States The government's relaxation of restrictions on Huawei may help the technology giant, but it will only play a role for a limited time.
Another move by Ross that day also confirmed that Kudlow’s statement was true. The Secretary of Commerce, who had participated in many Sino-US principled trade negotiations in the past year, confirmed that that day, The U.S. Department of Commerce will release regulations designed to protect the U.S. telecommunications supply chain in mid-October.
It was introduced that these regulations were formulated in response to an executive order announced by Trump in mid-May. Although it does not involve countries and companies, it is generally believed that the main purpose of introducing these regulations isChina can use them to completely drive Huawei out of the US 5G market.
More negative voices come from within the government-the South China Morning Post reported that the two parties in the U.S. Congress have increasingly reached consensus to require the U.S. government to treat the Chinese government or Chinese companies that are considered a threat to U.S. national security Respond hard.
"Any further concessions made by the U.S. government to the Chinese government on the issue of Huawei will be widely opposed by the U.S. Congress."
Just as Trump announced the U.S. business After being able to continue selling products to Huawei, Senator Marco Rubio immediately stated that Congress can take action to get the Trump administration to commit to tightening restrictions again.
The Republican from Florida wrote on Twitter: "If President Trump has actually given up the recent restrictions on Huawei, then we will have to communicateReinstate these restrictions through legislation. "
"It will pass with an absolute majority of votes. "