A temporary 90 days extension of Huawei’s permit, enabling the Chinese company to do business with American companies, was announced on Monday by the U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, a day after President Trump announced that he doesn’t want to do business at all with Huawei, according to the Financial Times.
On the Fox Business network, Mr. Ross said that the 90-day extension “is intended to afford consumers across America the necessary time to transition away from Huawei equipment, given the persistent national security and foreign policy threat.”
The next critical deadline would be November 19th.
The license makes it possible for companies such as Google with its Android operating software, that are selling updates or repairs to existing Huawei’s product, to export them to the Chinese Company. The U.S. Commerce Secretary also added in a statement that “As we continue to urge consumers to transition away from Huawei’s products, we recognize that more time is necessary to prevent any disruption.”
The extension of the permit was also followed by the addition of 46 Huawei’s affiliates to the so-called “Entity List,” which consist of a list of companies which are banned from doing business with U.S. customers. Among this list, 46 Huawei affiliates in Argentina, Australia, Belarus, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Italy, Mexico and more countries are named.