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Trump extends Huawei ban to May 2021Trump extends Huawei ban to May 2021

Invoking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, President Trump is moving to extend a block on US business with China's Huawei until next year.

Mike Dano

May 13, 2020

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Trump extends Huawei ban to May 2021

President Trump inked an extension to the US government's ban on American companies' business with China's Huawei. The move essentially prevents US companies from doing business with Huawei through May 2021.

As Reuters reported, the action invokes the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, positioning China's Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security. According to Reuters, the US Commerce Department is also preparing to extend the waivers it has provided to select US companies that will allow them to continue working with Huawei.

Hanging over the situation is the ongoing US-China trade war, a situation now further complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic that originated in China.

Trump's action is noteworthy in light of a number of new developments, including reports that US companies may be given a green light to work with Huawei and other Chinese companies on 5G standards. And, separately, there are ongoing discussions about a government-funded program to pull Huawei equipment out of some US wireless operator networks and replace it with equipment from "trusted" suppliers.

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About the Author(s)

Mike Dano

Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies

Mike Dano is Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies. He has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for almost two decades, first at RCR Wireless News and then at FierceWireless and recalls once writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

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