US President Joe Biden’s nominee for trade secretary, Gina Raimondo, said she knows “no reason” why Huawei Technologies, ZTE and other Chinese companies should not remain on a restricted trade list.
Raimondo, in written questions from Senate Republicans, was asked about the two companies, as well as Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp and Hikvision and others. They are on a list that requires American companies to obtain government licenses if they want to sell American technology and intellectual property to Chinese companies.
“I understand that the parties are placed on the Entity List and the Military End User List generally because they pose a risk to US national security or foreign policy interests,” said Raimondo, the governor of Rhode Island. “At the moment, I have no reason to believe that the entities on those lists should not be there. If confirmed, I expect a briefing on these entities and others of interest. “
When asked about the matter during his Senate confirmation hearing on January 26, Raimondo did not specifically commit to keeping Huawei on the list. This prompted several House Republicans to ask their colleagues in the Senate to delay their confirmation. The Senate’s trade, science and transport committee voted 21-3 on Wednesday to advance its nomination. – Reported by Eric Martin, (c) 2021 Bloomberg LP