The Biden administration has decided on new restrictions on Huawei’s 5G by tightening the Trump line. And India too, after Australia and Japan, could soon ban Chinese companies
This week the administration of Joe Biden has imposed new restrictions on Huawei’s 5G licensing. This was revealed by the US media. “The changes could interrupt the existing contracts with Huawei agreed with previous licenses”, underlines Reuters highlighting how, despite the change at the White House, the United States is continuing to take a hard line against the Shenzhen-based company, included in the commercial black list for reasons national security.
Indeed, the new restrictions are in line with the “severe” policies of the previous administration led by Donald Trump, which in January had decided to deny 116 licenses (worth $ 119 billion) by approving only four (for just $ 20 million). The former president took a hard line on licensing after trying – unsuccessfully – to involve Huawei in trade negotiations with China.
Now, however, the Biden administration wants to use the black list “fully”, as the Secretary of Commerce said in an interview with MSNBC. Gina Raimondo. Which resulted in new restrictions. The new measures, Bloomberg reports, “create a more explicit ban on the export of components such as semiconductors, antennas and batteries for Huawei 5G devices, making the ban more uniform among licensees.”
A spokeswoman for the Commerce Department declined to comment on the news with Reuters, explaining that the licensing information is subject to secrecy. No comment also from Huawei.
That the new president would insist on the hard line had already explained to Formiche.net several experts, including Lindsay Gorman, Emerging Technologies Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. “Given the consensus in the United States and the growing consensus among democracies on the threat that high-risk providers pose to critical 5G infrastructure, it is unlikely that we will see a significant step backwards on this issue,” he explained to us well before the inauguration of. Biden at the White House.
“From a certain point of view, it’s about cleaning up and correcting the mistakes of the previous administration,” he explained William Reinsch, formerly a member of the Clinton administration today advisor senior of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “There is bipartisan support for a hard line on technology transfer to China, and this proves it.”
Biden’s multilateral strategy to deal with China may soon be enriched with a new element. According to Reuters, Huawei and Zte will be banned from India from June. Already they are from Australai and Japan. Proof of the fact that the Quad – which today meets for the first time as a summit of leaders – is political, economic, military and technological. And it’s taking shape.