US adds sanctions on China's Huawei to limit technology access
A Commerce Department statement added 38 Huawei affiliates around the world to the "entity list," claiming that the company was using international subsidiaries to circumvent the sanctions which prevent export of US-based technology.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Huawei and its affiliates "have worked through third parties to harness US technology in a manner that undermines US national security and foreign policy interests."
The toughening of sanctions comes amid heightened US-China tensions and claims by Washington that Chinese firms are being used for spying, despite repeated denials.
President Donald Trump has sought to ban the wildly popular mobile application TikTok if it is not divested by its Chinese parent firm ByteDance.
Speaking on Fox News Monday, Trump claimed that Huawei "comes out and they spy on our country -- this is very intricate stuff, you have microchips, you have things that you can't even see."
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Battle for 5G
The Trump administration has banned Huawei from 5G wireless networks in the United States and has pressed allies to do the same.
In the meantime, Huawei became the largest global smartphone manufacturer in the past quarter, largely due to sales in the Chinese market, even as Washington moves to deny the company access to much of the Google Android system.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a separate statement that the Trump Administration "sees Huawei for what it is -- an arm of the Chinese Communist Party's surveillance state."
The order blocks any of the companies from acquiring any US-based software or technology used in products or components.
"The new rule makes it clear that any use of American software or American fabrication equipment to produce things through Huawei is banned and requires a license," Ross told Fox Business Network.
"So it's really a question of closing loopholes to prevent a bad actor from access to US technology, even as they try to do it in a very indirect, very tricky manner."