American chip makers, including Qualcomm and Intel, quietly pressed the US government to ease sanctions against the Chinese technology giant.
Intel and Xilinx executives attended a meeting at the end of May with the Commerce Department to discuss Huawei’s response in placing the company on the blacklist. Sanctions prevent US suppliers from selling Huawei technology, which is the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer without the approval of the US government.
The latter believes Huawei is a threat to national security. Qualcomm also discussed with the Department of Commerce regarding the matter. Chip makers argue that products like smartphones and computers do not pose the same risk as 5G technology and infrastructure.
“What we say does not help Huawei. It simply prevents a great deal of damage to American companies, “said one of the company’s representatives.
From $70 billion spent by Huawei on component purchases in 2018, $11 billion went to American firms such as Qualcomm, Intel and Micron.
Qualcomm, for example, wants to pursue Huawei’s supply of smartphones and clocks. Google, which sells Huawei’s most popular software in the world, Android, wants to continue collaborating with it.
Huawei itself has done little to lobby in Washington but is considering sending a letter to the Department of Commerce.