U.S. President Donald Trump met on Monday with the chief executives of seven technology companies and he agreed with their request for timely licensing decisions from the Commerce Department on blacklisted Chinese firm Huawei Technologies, the White House said.
The CEOs expressed “strong support” for policies restricting the use of products from Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
Washington accuses Huawei of working directly with the Chinese government and its intelligence services, which it says could pose security risks, claims the company denies.
In May, Trump hit Huawei with an executive order that effectively banned it from trading with any US companies, although a temporary license was issued shortly after.
Huawei, a leader in next-generation 5G wireless technology is barred from developing such networks in the United States.
Trump has put Huawei on its so-called entity list, which meant US companies needed a license to supply US technology to the Chinese firm.
Washington has been pressuring its allies to avoid using Huawei for deployment of 5G wireless.
The news comes as The Washington Post reported that Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain the country’s commercial wireless network.
The Post, citing internal documents it obtained and people familiar with the arrangement, said Huawei has partnered with a Chinese state-owned firm Panda International Information Technology on projects in North Korea over at least eight years.
By doing so Huawei, which has used US technology in its components, may have violated US controls on exports to the isolated North Korea regime
The CEOs of Micron Technology Inc, Western Digital Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corp and Broadcom Inc attended the meeting.
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