Government can’t decide whether to ban Honor or not
Federal agencies such as the Pentagon and the Departments of Commerce cannot decide whether to place Honor, the former Huawei smartphone company, on a US export blacklist. a Washington Post report good on Sunday.
According to PostTop officials from the commerce, state and energy departments, along with the Pentagon, met last week to decide whether to keep the smartphone maker on the US entity list. Pentagon and Energy employees supported the company’s listing, while Commerce and State Department officials opposed the idea. If blacklisted, Honor will be unable to receive US tech exports without a license.
Huawei launched Honor in China in 2013 to compete with other popular smartphone companies like Xiaomi. After about three years, Huawei announced that the Honor 8 Will be available in the US – a test to see if the company can bring its huge Chinese popularity overseas and become a competitive threat to companies like Apple. Last month, Honor announced its first flagship phone since being sold to Huawei, the first in China later to be released globally.
The Agency Divide Over Honor shows how the Biden administration is struggling to deal with America’s competitive threats against China. In 2019, the Trump administration kicked off the fight by declaring Huawei, one of the world’s largest telecommunications and technology manufacturers, as a threat to national security. Later, Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was indicted for bank and wire fraud and is currently awaiting an extradition decision to Canada.
Republican lawmakers have pushed for the Biden administration to use export controls such as the Commerce Department’s entity list to curb China’s rise as a competitive threat in the tech industry. Last month, Representative Michael McCall (R-TX) a letter led More than a dozen other lawmakers called on Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to put Honor on the entity list, calling Huawei’s January sale of the company the equivalent of “stealing export control.”
According to Huawei, the sale was partially driven by the Trump administration’s 2019 unit list made it more difficult To buy the necessary software licenses and processors for the company to manufacture the Honor device.