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Donald Trump keeps Huawei blacklisted for another year but could renew exception this week

Donald Trump decided to maintain the status of Huawei and ZTE as companies that pose a danger to the national security of the United States and signed an extension, for another year, on the ban on American companies doing business with Chinese companies, namely using their telecommunications equipment. The blacklist, the Commerce Department's Entity List, continues, Reuters advances, although everything points to another extension of the temporary license to do business with the licensed companies this Friday, which when the exception regime.

The extension of the license, which ends May 15 (marking a year since the first tax) allows American companies to continue to do business with Huawei. The several postponements of a final resolution have to do with the need for the US Department of Commerce to measure the impact and costs on companies and organizations using technology from the Chinese manufacturer, when the license expires. "There are already enough problems with telephone services in communities rural – we don't want to bring them down. So one of the main purposes of temporary licenses is to allow them to continue operating, "said Wilbur Ross, the United States trade secretary at the time.

Recall that the United States is defining a new set of rules that will allow US companies to collaborate with Huawei in setting standards for 5G. The document will still need the green light from other government agencies and, for now, there is no certain date in relation to the final approval. Apparently, the regulation will apply only to Huawei and not to the other companies that are on the black list of the Donald Trump administration.

The Executive has yet to confirm the Commerce Department's decision, but an official source indicated Reuters that the United States is trying to find a way to balance standards setting for 5G development with national security priorities.

Extending the decision to keep Chinese manufacturers blacklisted, it means that Huawei will not be able to update its latest smartphones, such as Mate 20 and P40 with Google Services, as well as the models it launches this year. Some companies have already requested a license to continue to do business with Huawei, such as Microsoft, but Google did not, which forces the Chinese company to resort to the open version of Android.

The meeting between the President of the United States and the administration of Huawei to resolve this crisis definitely remains undated. Several meetings have already been postponed, one on February 11, another on March 11, and no further date has been put forward for the meeting, also due to the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.