Pentagon drops opposition to Huawei sales restrictions – reports

Multiple media reports have said that the Defense Department has dropped its opposition to stricter export rules that would make it tougher to sell to Huawei.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

February 14, 2020

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Pentagon drops opposition to Huawei sales restrictions – reports

The US government is steadily ramping up its opposition to Huawei, now even atthe expense of US companies that sell tech components to the Chinese telecomequipment giant.

In a story this week on Politico and then The Wall StreetJournal, both citing unnamed sources, Pentagon officials are no longer opposinga proposed rule change to make it tougher for US firms to sell stuff to Huawei.

Nothing has been implemented yet. The Trump administration is still battingaround the idea. But the WSJ explains the difference in what's in place now andwhat may change: "The existing rules allow continued shipments to blacklistedcompanies for products that are made overseas and contain less than 25% US-madecontent. The rule change reduces that percentage to 10% for Huawei shipments,which would sharply limit the items that US companies could sell without anexport license."

This new round of pressure from the Trump administration follows the US failureto convince other governments – especially European allies – to keep Huawei gearout of their 5G networks.

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Phil Harvey, US Bureau Chief,Light Reading

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Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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