Tensions between the US and China escalated again on Friday, as the Commerce department amended export rules in order to "strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology".
Essentially, Wilbur Ross is accusing Huawei of using end-arounds to skirt restrictions put in place a year ago, when the US moved to blacklist the company during some of the trade war's darkest days.
"Despite the Entity List actions the Department took last year, Huawei and its foreign affiliates have stepped-up efforts to undermine these national security-based restrictions through an indigenization effort", Ross said Friday. He added the following:
However, that effort is still dependent on US technologies. This is not how a responsible global corporate citizen behaves. We must amend our rules exploited by Huawei and HiSilicon and prevent US technologies from enabling malign activities contrary to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.
You have to love the brazenness of that assessment. This is, after all, related to an across-the-board effort on the part of the Trump administration not just to cripple Huawei's bus
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