The Trump administration is revoking certain licenses for some suppliers of Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, Reuters reported Monday, and it warned it would deny more applications.

Details: The Semiconductor Industry Association, an American industry group, said on Friday that the US Department of Commerce had issued “intents to deny a significant number of license requests for exports to Huawei and a revocation of at least one previously issued license,” Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • One of the sources in the report said eight licenses were revoked from four companies. Intel, which supplies Huawei with systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) used in smartphones and personal computers, was among the companies.
  • Another affected company was Kioxia Corp, a Japanese flash memory chip maker formerly known as Toshiba. The company had at least one license revoked, said two Reuters sources.
  • Some 150 licenses for $120 billion worth of goods and technology ready to ship to Huawei were pending approval before the latest action.
  • Another $280 billion of license applications for goods and technology for Huawei have not been processed, according to Reuters.
  • The Commerce Department has told companies that it “intends to deny” those applications.

Context: According to two US government regulations issued in 2019 and 2020, companies around the world have to seek a special license from Washington if they want to sell products that contain US technology to Huawei.

  • In September, Intel received a license from the US government to sell to Huawei. In November, US chipmaker Qualcomm was approved to sell 4G chips to the Chinese company.

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