Date
23 May 2017
Huawei is one of the world's leading suppliers of networking equipment. Photo: Bloomberg
Huawei is one of the world's leading suppliers of networking equipment. Photo: Bloomberg

US seeks Huawei records of trade with sanctioned countries

The US Commerce Department is demanding that Huawei Technologies Co. submit all information on its export and re-export of technological goods to Iran, North Korea and other sanctioned countries.

The subpoena is part of Washington’s investigation into whether the Chinese telecom giant has violated US export rules, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an unnamed source.

The United States has long prohibited sales of goods containing more than certain percentages of US technologies to countries under sanctions, such as Iran, North Korea, Syria, Sudan and Cuba.

While the Commerce Department hasn’t accused Huawei of any wrongdoing, the probe could create a new source of tension between Washington and Beijing.

Huawei’s telecom networking equipment, including base stations and antennas, has effectively been banned in the US after a 2012 congressional report recommended that US carriers avoid Huawei’s gear, citing concerns that it could be used by Beijing to spy on Americans.

The firm has repeatedly denied such allegations.

Huawei still sells some of its smartphones in the US, but its presence has so far been minimal.

The US investigation into Huawei comes after the Commerce Department slapped trade sanctions in early March on Huawei’s smaller Chinese competitor, ZTE Corp., alleging it had violated rules by exporting US technological goods to Iran and other nations.

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