Joe Biden just approved licenses for the Chinese Communist Party’s spy agency to buy auto chips, expanding their ability to conduct espionage & surveillance.
Another shocking and dangerous America last decision by the Biden Administration. The Biden Administration’s policies are going to cause profound and lasting damage to the United States. Read the tweets below.
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I worked to secure America from the CCP threat, esp. Huawei’s predatory espionage. This admin has given in to them.
The Russians get a pipeline. Iran gets billions. The CCP gets semiconductors.
America first is being undone. Bad for American security. https://t.co/oTCa3Xv0gQ
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) August 25, 2021
Joe Biden just approved licenses for the Chinese Communist Party's spy agency to buy auto chips, expanding their ability to conduct espionage & surveillance.
It should be an unbelievable decision, but sadly from this President it's not. https://t.co/NdptdXUGV1
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 25, 2021
#Biden will approve the sale of chips for #Huawei’s auto business: https://t.co/MAXb3iIGo1. The company will use auto profits to support its #5G business, which directly endangers #US national security. We should sell nothing to Huawei, an integral part of #China’s regime.
— Gordon G. Chang (@GordonGChang) August 25, 2021
— StevenWMosher (@StevenWMosher) August 25, 2021
Huawei gets U.S. approvals to buy auto chips, sparking blow back
By National Post, August 26, 2021
U.S. officials have approved license applications worth hundreds of millions of dollars for China’s blacklisted telecom company Huawei to buy chips for its growing auto component business, two people familiar with the matter said.
Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, has been hobbled by trade restrictions https://www.reuters.com/world/china/exclusive-trump-admin-slams-chinas-huawei-halting-shipments-intel-others-sources-2021-01-17 imposed by the Trump administration on the sale of chips and other components used in its network gear and smartphones businesses. The Biden administration has been reinforcing the hard line https://www.reuters.com/technology/biden-administration-adds-new-limits-huaweis-suppliers-2021-03-11 on exports to Huawei, denying licenses to sell chips to Huawei for use in or with 5g devices.
But in recent weeks and months, people familiar with the application process told Reuters the U.S. has granted licenses authorizing suppliers to sell chips to Huawei for such vehicle components as video screens and sensors. The approvals come as Huawei pivots its business toward items that are less susceptible to U.S. trade bans.
Not everyone is a fan. Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who has been deeply critical of Huawei in the past, said in a statement, “It’s unacceptable for the Biden administration to ease the pressure campaign against Chinese spy companies like Huawei.”
In response to the Reuters report, Senator Marco Rubio called the move “yet another example of President Biden’s failure to protect America’s economic and national security.” He said Huawei has a long history of exporting Beijing’s “digital authoritarianism” and pressed the Biden Administration to increase penalties and restrictions on Huawei and other Chinese tech companies “instead of granting waivers.”
Auto chips are generally not considered sophisticated, lowering the bar for approval. One person close to the license approvals said the government is granting licenses for chips in vehicles that may have other components with 5g capability.
Asked about the automotive licenses, a U.S. Department of Commerce spokesperson said the government continues to consistently apply licensing policies “to restrict Huawei’s access to commodities, software, or technology for activities that could harm U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.”
The Commerce Department is prohibited from disclosing license approvals or denials, the person added.
A Huawei spokeswoman declined to comment on the licenses, but said: “We are positioning ourselves as a new component provider for intelligent connected vehicles, and our aim is to help car OEMs (manufacturers) build better vehicles.”
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