U.S. Commerce Department Withdraws Rule That Reduces Sales To Huawei

Huawei | January 27, 2020

U.S. Commerce Department Withdraws Rule That Reduces Sales To Huawei
The U.S. Commerce Department has withdrawn a controversial rule designed to reduce sales to China's Huawei Technologies. The Commerce Department in May placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, citing national security concerns. That allowed the U.S. government to restrict sales of American made goods to the company and a small number of items made abroad that contain U.S. technology. That ruling now appears to have been reversed. President Donald Trump's administration plans a cabinet-level meeting this week to discuss the rule, which could be revived, killed or rewritten, amid pushback from the U.S. Treasury Department and the Defence Department that want Huawei to remain blacklisted over concerns about national security.

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Sometime in 2011, one of my London-based antiquities dealer clients told me that the “United States is a mess. It’s a terrible place to do business. Collectors are worried, curators are frightened, and your government seems to have gone mad in pursuit of a vendetta against the antiquities trade.” I agreed. He asked me why.

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