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US lawmakers want former Huawei subsidiary HONOR added to economic blacklist

A group of 14 Republican US lawmakers has written a letter proposing to include HONOR in the government's economic blacklist like Huawei.
US lawmakers want former Huawei subsidiary HONOR added to economic blacklist
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Will the US Commerce Department put HONOR on its "Entity List"?

According to the source, these lawmakers are led by Michael McCaul, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In a written letter addressed to the US Commerce Department, they said that HONOR was spurned off by Huawei in 2020 to evade the sanctions. 

In 2019, President Donald Trump signed an order to ban Huawei as well as China-based telco firm ZTE Corp. from selling their technology to the US. Its Department of Commerce also followed suit as it included Huawei on a blacklist, hindering the firm to do business with American companies. It also put Huawei on its "Entity List", signaling the need for US firms to secure a special license to sell products to the Chinese company. 

The group of congressmen also stated that HONOR is already accessing chip and software supplies from American suppliers. They explained would not have happened if Huawei did not divest from HONOR a year ago. 

Allegedly, there are rumors that HONOR is still state-owned even though a consortium of 30 investors bought the company from Huawei last year. 

As a response to this letter, a Commerce Department spokesperson said that the bureau acknowledges the perspectives of the lawmakers. He further noted that the Commerce Department is still reviewing available information to identify potential additions to the Entity List.

It's still early to know what would be the result of the proposal of the Republican lawmakers. There's no official statement yet from HONOR regarding this matter. 

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