Biden finds excuses in predecessor’s policy

To sell chips to Huawei that is blacklisted by the Department of Commerce

The permission for sale of American car chips announced last week to Chinese Huawei, which is on the US blacklist, is neatly following the rules laid down under Trump.

Biden’s government has reported that the policy of restricting sales of goods and technology to Chinese Huawei, as introduced under president Trump, has not changed. This responds to the criticism that erupted after last week’s approval to sell car chips to the company.

“The policy has not been relaxed or changed,” said a Department of Commerce spokesperson, responding to questions from senator Marco Rubio, among others, who believes the decision “is yet another example of president Biden’s failure to protect America’s economic and national security.”

Although Huawei was blacklisted by Trump’s government in 2019, that restriction allowed some sales. In August last year it was explicitly stated that the sale of less advanced technology would be decided on a case-by-case basis. For example, after his blacklisted, 87 billion dollars in sales to Huawei were approved by the Trump government.

“The Biden government has not changed the legal restrictions for Huawei and its subsidiaries on the list imposed in 2019 or 2020, or the policies for implementing those restrictions developed during the Trump administration,” the Department of Commerce explained.

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