US agencies are divided over Honor
US agencies are divided over Honor

Federal agencies such as the US Department of Defense and Commerce cannot decide to blacklist former Huawei smartphone company Honor for export to the US, according to the Washington Post.

According to the newspaper, senior officials from the Commerce Department, the State Department and the Department of Energy met with the Pentagon last week to see if the smartphone maker could be included in the list of US companies.

Pentagon and energy officials support the company's listing. Officials from the Ministry of Commerce and Foreign Affairs rejected the idea. When blacklisted, he cannot receive unlicensed US technology exports.

The authorities have been at odds and have been unable to agree on whether the business sold by Huawei last year poses a significant threat to the national security of the United States.

If it is blocked, the problem can be exacerbated at the treasury level. In the event of a tie, President Biden will make the final decision.

Huawei launched Honor in China in 2013 to compete with other popular smartphone companies like Xiaomi.

Nearly three years later, Huawei has announced that the Honor 8 will be listed in the United States to test whether it can build on its huge reputation in China abroad and become a competitive threat to companies like Apple.

Last month, Honor announced its first flagship phone since its split from Huawei, first arriving in China and then launching worldwide.

The division of institutions around business shows how hard the Biden government has worked to deal with China's competitive threat against the United States.

This indicates that Trump continued to discuss business settlements with Chinese technology companies during the Biden administration.

The government cannot decide to ban honor

In 2019, the Trump administration declared Huawei, one of the world's largest telecommunications and technology companies, a national security threat and began fighting.

US officials also cited Huawei's strong entry into the global 5G telecom equipment market as a national security threat. They warned that the devices could be used by Chinese authorities to monitor or disrupt communications.

As a result, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has been charged with bank and wire transfer fraud and is currently awaiting an extradition judgment in Canada. This led to an escalation of tensions between the three countries.

Lawmakers are urging the Biden government to use export controls more courageously to curb China's technological advances.

At the same time, some analysts have found such efforts difficult without broader support from foreign partners. Although the US Department of Science and Technology has warned that more export controls could harm US industry.

Last month, Congressman Michael McCaul and more than a dozen other lawmakers sent a letter urging Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to add Honor to the entity list. Huawei was accused of selling the company in January to circumvent export controls.

According to Huawei, one reason for the sale was the Trump administration's inclusion in 2019, which made it difficult for the company to obtain licenses for software and processors needed to build the hardware.

"We and other agencies are constantly reviewing a number of factors," the Commerce Department said. Including the risk of deviation or the risk that said company will illegally supply US technology to sanctioned companies.

"We remain committed to using a full suite of tools, including export controls," she added. This is intended to deter efforts by the People's Republic of China and other countries. Attempts to use technology in ways that may harm the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States.

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