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White House will meet with tech execs to talk about Huawei ban: sources

July 20, 2019 | 07:53

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow will host a meeting with semi-conductor and software executives on July 20 to discuss the US ban on sales to China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, two sources briefed on the meeting said on July 19.

White House will meet with tech execs to talk about Huawei ban: sources

A Huawei logo is pictured at their store. Photo: REUTERS

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will also attend the White House event, to which chipmakers Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc have been invited, sources said.

A White House official confirmed the meeting would take place, noting that Google and Micron would attend, but said it had been called to discuss economic matters.

The subject of Huawei was expected “to come up but that it is not the reason why they are convening the meeting,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The future of US companies’ ties to Huawei, the world’s No. 1 maker of telecommunications equipment, remains uncertain after the Trump administration put the company on a blacklist in May, citing national security concerns.

The move banned US companies from selling most US parts and components to it without special licenses, but President Trump said last month American firms could resume sales, with an eye on reviving trade talks with Beijing.

Several weeks after the announcement, details about what the new policy towards the company is are still not forthcoming.

Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross has said licenses would be issued where there is no threat to national security. Reuters reported that the US may approve licenses for companies to restart new sales in a matter of weeks.

One of the people briefed on Monday’s meeting said Broadcom Inc was also invited to the White House event. Microsoft Corp was also expected to receive an invitation, sources said.

Intel and Qualcomm declined to comment. Google, Micron, Microsoft and Broadcom did not immediately respond to Reuters' requests for comment./.

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