MULTICHANNEL NEWS: Commerce Targets Huawei with New Restrictions

BY JOHN EGGERTON , MAY 15, 2020

The Department of Commerce has put additional restrictions on Chinese telecom tech company Huawei. Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is modifying its rules to strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the “direct product” of certain U.S. software or technology.

Huawei has been on the BIS Entity List since 2019, meaning companies that wanted to export U.S. tech to the company had to get a license. But Commerce says Huawei has been undermining that restriction by commissioning the production of the same tech overseas using U.S. equipment. Commerce said Huawei is undermining the national security and public policy goals of the Entity List, thus the new, targeted restrictions.

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“The Commerce Department’s new policy is another smart step towards ensuring that our supply chains and, ultimately, our communications networks are secure from Chinese Communist Party interference,” said Mike Rogers, chairman of 5G Action Now and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “We must adopt a whole of government approach and look at novel ways of preventing China from dominating the 5G future.”

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About 5G Action Now

5G Action Now was founded to establish the United States as the worldwide leader in 5G. Our goal is to elevate the conversation regarding American national security and the economic benefits of winning the 5G innovation and deployment battle against China. 5G will spur economic growth in rural America, create an environment for technological expansion, and put the U.S. on strong national security footing for generations to come.

5G Action Now supports the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) goal of a 2020 C-band auction. Additionally, we support Members of Congress of both parties working together with the federal government to win the 5G race against China.

About Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers is the former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and now serves as the Chairman of 5G Action Now.

In Congress, Chairman Rogers worked with two presidents, Congressional leadership, foreign leaders, diplomats, and intelligence professionals, and oversaw the Intelligence Community’s $70 billion budget that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. Before being elected to represent Michigan in the House of Representatives, he was an FBI special agent and member of the U.S. Army.

Today, he hosts the CNN Original Series Declassified, regularly appears on various TV and radio shows, and frequently contributes to major print outlets. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center where he is leading a program on 5G, national security, and intelligence policy.