Administration of the Trump government is planning to meet this month to discuss the further restraining technology exports to China and its flagship telecoms company Huawei, according to two sources. The meeting will act as a symbol to resolve differences among the government over the possible crackdown.
The meeting will happen on 28 Feb
Currently, the gathering is scheduled for 28 February, will bring together high-level officials for talks after the Commerce Department of the U.S. pulled back a rule focused on further decreasing foreign shipments to Huawei Technologies amidst pushback from the Defense Department, one of the sources said.
It is expected that the meeting will include cabinet-level officials consisting of Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross, State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The meeting is focused on addressing and finding out the best ways to approach the blacklisted Chinese company and the wider war with China over dominance in the technology field.
Some of the U.S. policymakers are in favor of the close trade relations with Beijing while others think that China and Huawei, being the largest telecoms equipment maker of the world, is a serious threat to national security.
“The administration has to decide how to match its rhetoric on China with policies to deny China key technology and industry,” said Tim Morrison, a former senior director at the White House’s National Security Council under President Donald Trump, who is in favor of tougher regulations.
“Too many tools have not been brought to the President because the entire administration isn’t yet in the fight. That must end,” he added.
A Peculiar Move!
U.S. companies have alleged that the measures that have been imposed would harm U.S. businesses by pushing customers to foreign competitors while doing little to curb Huawei.
The agencies did not immediately answer a request for comment.
In May, the Commerce Department put Huawei on a trade blacklist, considering national security concerns. Due to which the U.S. government had to restrict sales of goods made in America to the company and few of the items made abroad that contain U.S. technology.
Under current regulations, key foreign supply chains remain beyond the reach of U.S. authorities, which fueled frustration among China hawks and prompted a push to expand U.S. authority to block more shipments to Huawei.
However, the Commerce Department rolled out a draft rule to widen its authority to restrict more shipments to Huawei was hindered last month by opposition from the Pentagon due to concerns about harm to U.S. interests. According to the sources, the Treasury Department also pushed back against the measure. In a peculiar move, Commerce pulled back the rule from the inter-agency review process, pending a meeting of principals to do something about differences.
The meeting is going to happen amid an increasing tech war between the United States and China. The Trump administration is trying hard to keep delicate technologies (that could be utilized to harm America) beyond the reach of Beijing, by restraining exports and limiting Chinese investment in key U.S. sectors.
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