The US Department of Commerce will finally take the first step in 'liberating' Huawei. It has been announced that special licenses will be issued to US companies wishing to continue to do business with the Shenzhen giant.
This is a very important step after Donald Trump mentioned at the G20 summit that Huawei could buy technology back from US companies. The summit had as its main subject the terms of trade between the US and China.
While it was unclear whether the superpower dispute was resolved, the situation seems to have eased for Huawei's side. The company, meanwhile, was forced to initiate its plans to create its own operating system, which seems to be a reality, regardless of the US decision.
These 'special' licenses don't make everything go back to normal
Importantly, the Commerce Department will issue these licenses, authorizing Huawei to buy equipment from US companies that are not considered 'sensitive'.
The Department of Commerce has not specified what type of equipment they consider sensitive but is likely to be referring to telecommunications infrastructure. The head of the department, Wilbur Ross, also stressed that these licenses will be granted after a national security risk analysis.
In any case, despite apparent limitations, it is certainly a better situation for Huawei. All of this controversy has hurt the Chinese company's sales business, with an estimated 40% decline for the year 2019.
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