The United States on Monday confirmed a Reuters report that it will amend its prohibitions on US companies doing business with China’s Huawei to allow them to work together on setting standards for next-generation 5G networks.
The US Commerce Department and other agencies signed off on the rule change, which is awaiting publication in the Federal Register, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The rule was sent to the Federal Register on Friday and is set to be published as early as Tuesday.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed the action in a statement to Reuters.
“The United States will not cede leadership in global innovation,” Ross said. “The department is committed to protecting US national security and foreign policy interests by encouraging U.S. industry to fully engage and advocate for US technologies to become international standards.”
The Commerce Department publicly announced the move later on Monday. It