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Trade war

US eases Huawei restrictions for existing business

Company still faces obstacles in buying American parts for new products

A woman looks at her phone while walking past a Huawei store in Beijing. The Chinese telecommunications equipment maker will be allowed to offer maintenance to U.S. clients for the next three months.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. Commerce Department is scaling back some of the restrictions imposed last week on American exports to Huawei Technologies, providing a buffer for the ripple effect felt across telecommunications-related industries from the original broader ban.

The department's Bureau of Industry and Security issued a 90-day "temporary general license," effective Monday through Aug. 19, allowing sales and services provided to Huawei and affiliates to support existing Huawei handsets as well as existing networks and equipment. Maintenance arrangements made between Huawei and customers up to May 16 for existing networks and equipment fall under the moratorium.

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