Rubio calls on Biden administration to blacklist Huawei spin-off Honor

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WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Businesshala) – Republican senators led by Marco Rubio on Thursday called on the Biden administration to blacklist Honor, a former unit of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, calling the firm a threat to national security.

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In a letter seen by Businesshala on Thursday 14 October, Rubio described Honor as essentially an “arm” of the Chinese government, with new autocratic access to the same prized American technology that Huawei is currently denied. had gone. The letter adds his voice to a growing chorus of China Hawks calling for blacklisting.

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By spinning Honor, Rubio said in a letter signed by Senators John Cornyn and Rick Scott, “Beijing has effectively dodged an important US export control.” In November 2020, Huawei sold its low-end smartphone brand Honor.

“By failing to act in response, the Commerce Department runs the risk of setting a dangerous precedent and communicating to opponents that we lack the capacity or will to punish the apparent financial engineering by authoritarian regimes.”

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Honor, Commerce, Huawei and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei was placed on a business blacklist by the Trump administration in 2019, arguing that the company posed a threat to national security, which Huawei denied.

Being on the so-called entity list means Huawei’s US suppliers have had to obtain exclusive licenses to sell key items such as semiconductors to the firm.

As sanctions against the company began to bite amid tighter controls, Huawei said in November that it was selling its budget-branded smartphone unit, Honor, to a consortium of more than 30 agents and dealers.

In August, a group of 14 Republican congressmen led by Michael McCall, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also called on the Commerce Department to blacklist Honor, accusing the company of evading US export controls and giving access to Huawei. was imposed. Blocked semiconductor chips and software.

Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Editing by Diane Craft

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