Trump says US companies can trade with Huawei but it remains blacklisted for now

US President Donald Trump has stated he’ll permit China’s Huawei to purchase gear from American suppliers. The firm, nevertheless, continues to be on the so-called Entity List and it’s unclear when it could be taken off it.

Huawei was one of many sizzling matters throughout talks between Trump and his Chinse counterpart Xi Jinping in the course of the G20 summit. Speaking at his last information convention in Osaka, the US chief introduced that he’ll maintain off on new tariffs on Chinese items, whereas US companies could proceed to do enterprise with Huawei.

“US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,” Trump stated, as journalists stored asking him concerning the matter. He added that this considerations gear over which there isn’t a “great national emergency problem.”

But it isn’t clear what this newest Trump concession modifications in apply, as it doesn’t imply the corporate is off the Commerce Department’s Entity List, to which Huawei was added final month, on the pretext of posing a nationwide safety danger. Trump stated that it was determined to go away the “very complex” Huawei concern “till the end” whereas Beijing and Washington haven’t nonetheless hammered out a trade deal.

“We have a meeting on that tomorrow or Tuesday,” the US chief stated, answering a Financial Times journalist’s query on whether or not or to not take away Huawei from the listing. He additionally reminded that he’d taken one other Chinese producer, ZTE, off the listing, as part of “a personal deal” with President Xi.

Just a number of minutes after that, the US president modified tone on the Chinese tech large as he took a query from a correspondent of Channel News Asia.

“I don’t want to talk about it now. We will look at it very carefully,” Trump informed the reporter, who’d requested for clarification on whether or not it was potential to lastly take away the company from the Entity List. He reiterated that this concern will probably be saved for later talks.

Meanwhile, Huawei welcomed Trump’s assertion, calling it a potential “u-turn” in Washington’s stance on the corporate.

Huawei isn’t the one Chinese tech agency that the White House has added to its trade blacklist. Last week, 5 Chinese hi-tech companies, together with supercomputer maker Sugon and the Wuxi Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology, additionally discovered themselves on the Entity List. Their destiny has, so far, not been talked about by the US or Chinese leaders.