Huawei hopes to negotiate with the administration of US President Joe Biden over the current trade ban. The company wants to negotiate separately from Beijing to authorize a ban on the supply of American components.
According to NikkeiAsia, the reason for the negotiations will also be the detention of the chief financial officer of the Chinese tech giant Meng Wanzhou. Tim Danks, Vice President of Risk and Partnerships at Huawei Technologies USA, said: “We want to have discussions with the US administration separate from the Chinese government. We do not want to be involved in this discussion. ” At this point, the company has not yet had a chance to speak with the new Biden administration, but hopes to have discussions soon.
Last year, the Trump administration placed the Chinese brand on an export blacklist called the Entity List over security allegations. This made it impossible for Huawei to buy critical components from US firms. But now the company is hoping for a “tweak and temporary license” that will allow US companies to continue selling the Chinese brand.
Tim Danks also added that “in the short term, US sales will not be a priority for Huawei. Our priority is the supply chain. ” However, Biden’s candidate for Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, previously stated that she “will use the full toolbox at her disposal to protect America and our networks from Chinese interference or any behind-the-scenes influence on our network, be it Huawei, ZTE. or any other company. ” So it remains to be seen what position the new administration will take, even if negotiations with Huawei take place.