US receives over 130 license requests to sell to Huawei: report

August 28, 2019 09:27
US officials are yet to respond to requests from firms for licenses to sell American goods to Huawei, according to a report. Photo: Reuters

The US Commerce Department has received more than 130 applications from companies for licenses to sell US goods to China’s Huawei Technologies, Reuters reports, citing sources.

But the Trump administration is yet to grant any such licenses, according to the report.

The standstill coincides with mixed messages from Trump in the US-China trade war.

“Nobody in the executive branch knows what (Trump) wants and they’re all afraid to make a decision without knowing that,” William Reinsch, a former Commerce department official, was quoted as saying.

The current number of license applications for sales to Huawei, not previously reported, far exceeds the 50 or so that US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross disclosed receiving in July.

A spokesman for the Commerce Department said: “The interagency process, weighing license requests concerning Huawei and its non-US affiliates, is currently ongoing.”

Huawei has called for the United States to remove the company from the so-called entity list and put an end to what it called “unjust treatment.”

Reuters cited US Commerce department sources as saying that many of the license requests have been reviewed by other agencies such as the Departments of State and Defense.

However, no standards have yet been set and no responses have been issued as officials await a green light from Ross and the White House, according to the report.

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