The US government has stopped approving licenses for US companies to export most items to the Chinese tech giant Huawei.

According to the report, it comes as the Biden administration continues to tighten its rules on exports of US technology to China.

Washington previously accused Huawei of being a threat to US national security and of working with the Chinese Communist Party.

The company and the Chinese government have repeatedly denied the allegations.

The US Department of Commerce has told some US companies that it will no longer issue licenses for exports of US technology to Huawei, according to the Financial Times, which first reported the story.

The move comes as Washington moves toward an outright ban on the sale of American technology to the Chinese telecom equipment giant.

“Working closely with our inter-agency export control partners at the Departments of Energy, Defense and State, we continually assess our policies and regulations and communicate regularly with external stakeholders,” a Commerce Department spokesperson told the BBC. from USA

“We do not comment on conversations or deliberations about specific companies,” they added.

Huawei declined to comment on the reports.

The Biden Administration had continued to tighten restrictions on Huawei as political tensions escalated between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan, where most of the world’s computer chips are made.

In October, US Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan Estevez said that “the threat environment is always changing.”

“We are appropriately doing everything in our power to protect our national security and prevent sensitive technologies with military applications from being acquired by the PRC military, intelligence and security services,” he added.

For several years, Shenzhen-based Huawei has faced US export restrictions on items for fifth-generation high-speed, 5G, telecommunications equipment and artificial intelligence technology.

In 2019, during the presidency of Donald Trump, US officials added the company to the so-called “entity list.”

It means that American companies must obtain a license from the government to export or transfer some technologies, especially out of concern that they will be used by the Chinese military.

However, in that time, some US companies, including Intel and Qualcomm, have been granted licenses to supply Huawei with technology that was not related to 5G.

BBC/Taiwo Akinola

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