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LEAD 1-Washington can reduce some trade restrictions on Huawei

(Updated with details)

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) – The US Commerce Department announced on Friday that it could immediately reduce some restrictions on Huawei Technologies after entering the blacklist of Chinese telecommunications giants, making it almost impossible for companies to buy products made in the United States.

Donald Trump signed a decision Wednesday that prohibits US companies from using telecommunications equipment produced by companies at risk of national security, which prohibits US groups from doing business with Huawei.

A Commerce Department spokesman said on Friday that the government could issue a temporary general license to "prevent existing network operations and equipment disruptions."

In fact, the Department of Commerce will allow the telecom giant to buy US products to provide companies and people with Huawei time equipment to maintain the reliability of their networks and equipment. communication.

The Chinese group, however, will not be permitted to buy US electronic components and components for the manufacture of new products.

Temporary licenses can benefit Internet service providers and cellular operators in sparsely populated areas such as Wyoming and eastern Oregon, which have purchased network equipment from Huawei in recent years.

If the Commerce Department issues a license, US suppliers will still need a separate license to conduct new transactions with Huawei, which will be very difficult to obtain, said the spokesman.

The interim general license will last 90 days and will be published in the Federal Register, he said, as will be a decree adding Huawei to the "Register of Entities", whose publication is scheduled for Tuesday. (Karen Freifeld, Arthur Connan for French service)

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