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US tightens restrictions on Huawei’s access to chips with new sanctions

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US tightens restrictions on Huawei's access to chips with new sanctions

Photo credit: Reuters. Article: Reuters, Shanghai/Seoul.

Ramped-up US restrictions on Huawei are likely to cut off the Chinese smartphone maker’s access to even off-the-shelf chips and disrupt the global tech supply chain once again, executives and experts cautioned.

The Trump administration on Monday expanded its curbs on Huawei and banned suppliers from selling chips made using US technology to the firm without a special license – closing potential loopholes in its May sanctions that could have let Huawei access the tech via third parties.

The restrictions underscore the rift in Sino-US relations, at their worst in decades, as Washington presses governments around to world to squeeze Huawei out, alleging the company would hand over data to the Chinese government for spying.

Huawei denies it spies for China. […]

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