US eases restrictions previously placed on Chinese 5G company Huawei

US eases restrictions previously placed on Chinese 5G company Huawei

A statement issued on Monday June 15th by the US Department of Commerce officially announced a new rule that would permit US industries to work alongside the Chinese company in order to ensure technological advancements in field of telecommunications in the US.

The US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, stated that this measure ensures “U.S. industry’s ability to more fully contribute to standards-development activities in the telecommunications sector,” and to therefore continue being amongst the leading nations in global innovation.

He continued to say that this rule was necessary for the prosperity of the US economy and national security due to the need of advanced technology in today’s world. The statement implied that a more developed technological infrastructure was indispensable to gain more leverage as a significant actor in world.

Ross added, “The Department is committed to protecting U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by encouraging U.S. industry to fully engage and advocate for U.S. technologies to become international standards.”

The official document stated that under the new rule “technology that would not have required a license to be disclosed to Huawei before the company’s placement on the Entity List can be disclosed for the purpose of standards development in a standards-development body without need for an export license.”

Huawei was placed on the Entity list as part of regulations put in place for administered export in 2019 by the Bureau of Industry and Security. At the time, the commission believed that the Chinese company posed a threat to national security. Ultimately the renovated measure would remove the company from that list.

Huawei responded to this statement on Tuesday June 16th by saying “We would like to continue holding sincere discussions in relation to standards for new technologies with our counterparts, including those in the US, contributing to the technological advancement of society at large.”

Sophie Velloso

Sophie Velloso is studying International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London. She is focusing her studies in the areas of transnational public affairs. She has an interest in geopolitics, international security, and sustainable development.