The Trump administration blacklisted Huawei and other Chinese tech giants in 2019 as part of a broader trade war with Beijing but has repeatedly issued exemptions to restrictions for US companies, including Intel and Microsoft after the corporations expressed fears that they would face multi-billion dollar losses if the trade was stopped completely.
The Trump administration has revoked at least one of Intel’s licenses to sell components to Huawei, Reuters has reported, citing unnamed sources.
Despite Washington’s blacklisting of the company two years ago, Huawei continues to use Intel components, including processors for many of its products, including its new MateBook X Pro and MateBook 13/14 series.
The Commerce Department blacklisted Huawei and 70 of its affiliates from doing business with US companies, ostensibly over security concerns, but has since issued exemptions allowing the companies to continue selling components and technology to the company.
Last month, the Financial Times reported that America’s European allies have been becoming “increasingly frustrated” over US restrictions against China, including unilateral sanctions, with US vendors reportedly selling products to the People’s Republic and filling the void left by European firms fearful of secondary sanctions. Business and diplomatic sources told the newspaper that while US companies had been given licenses to continue supplying Huawei, European suppliers were barred from doing so.