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Huawei gets another 45 days to buy from US firms

2020-2-14 16:04

 

The US Department of Commerce announced that it would extend a temporary license that loosens restrictions on US business deals with Huawei Technologies Co for another 45 days.

It is the fourth such extension since Washington put Huawei on its Entity List in May, banning the company from buying US components without special government approval on accusations of security risks.

The Commerce Department issued 90-day temporary licenses on May 20, Aug 19 and Nov 19. The existing license was set to expire on Feb 16.

The Commerce Department said in a statement that the 45-day extension is necessary to allow existing telecommunication providers—particularly those in rural US communities—the ability to continue to temporarily and securely operate existing networks while they identify alternatives to Huawei for future operations.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice has hit Huawei with a string of new accusations including racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets on Thursday in the intensified legal frictions between the US and the Chinese tech company.

Huawei said in a statement, "This new indictment is part of the Justice Department's attempt to irrevocably damage Huawei's reputation and its business for reasons related to competition rather than law enforcement. These new charges are without merit and are based largely on recycled civil disputes from last 20 years that have been previously settled, litigated and in some cases, rejected by federal judges and juries."

"The government will not prevail on its charges, which we will prove to be both unfounded and unfair," it concluded.

 

美国商务部宣布,将把对华为技术有限公司的临时许可证再延长45天。


这是自美国政府今年5月将华为列入实体企业名单以来,华为第四次获得此类批准。美国政府以安全风险为由,禁止华为在没有得到政府特别批准的情况下购买美国零部件。


商务部于5月20日、8月19日和11月19日发放了为期90天的临时许可证。现有的许可证将于2月16日到期。


美国商务部在一份声明中表示,45天的延长是必要的,以使现有的电信运营商——尤其是美国农村地区的电信运营商——能够继续暂时安全地运营现有网络,同时为未来的运营寻找华为的替代品。


与此同时,美国司法部(US Department of Justice)周四对华为提出了一系列新指控,包括敲诈勒索和合谋窃取商业机密,这加剧了这家中国科技公司与美国之间的法律摩擦。


华为在一份声明中表示,“司法部试图以竞争而非执法为理由,不可挽回地损害华为的声誉和业务,这项新的起诉就是其中的一部分。”这些新的指控没有法律依据,很大程度上是基于过去20年的民事纠纷,这些纠纷已经得到解决,引起了诉讼,在某些情况下,还遭到了联邦法官和陪审团的拒绝。”


它总结道:“政府不会在指控中占上风,我们将证明这些指控是毫无根据和不公平的。”

 

原作者: Ma Si 来自: china daily