Republican senators led by Marco Rubio on Wednesday called on the administration of US President Joe Biden to blacklist Honor, Huawei’s former smartphone unit, on a blacklist for alleged trademarks. This is a threat to national security.
Huawei sold Honor in November 2019 to avoid US sanctions
In the letter, Mr. Rubio described Honor as essentially an “arm” of the Beijing government, with new unfettered access to the same prized US technology that Huawei is currently not authorized to. approach.
By excluding Honor, “Beijing has effectively evaded important US export controls. Without action, the Commerce Department risks setting a dangerous precedent and causing adversaries to believe that we lack the capacity or will to punish blatant financial engineering,” Rubio said. Write. The letter was also signed by senators John Cornyn and Rick Scott.
The US Department of Commerce, Honor and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Huawei declined to comment, but pointed to an earlier statement that it would not hold any shares or participate in the management of Honor after the sale.
The Chinese telecommunications giant was placed on a trade blacklist by the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2019, on the grounds that it posed a national security threat, something Huawei has always denied. As the sanctions came into effect and the controls became tighter, Huawei sold Honor to a consortium of more than 30 resellers in November 2019.
In August 2021, a group of 14 Republican senators led by Michael McCaul, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on the US Commerce Department to blacklist Honor, accusing the company of circumvented the law to evade US export controls and granted Huawei access to blocked semiconductor chips and software.