In an interview with Fox Business Network on Wednesday, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the latest U.S. rules for Huawei were necessary to “clarify” because they would help set the 5G standard, Reuters reported. But Mr. Ross also said security concerns remain for China’s equipment.
This week, the U.S. government announced that it would change its ban on u.S. companies doing business with Huawei and allow the two sides to work together on 5G standards.
In response, Mr. Ross said the rules issued by the Commerce Department on Tuesday would help establish unity, but the U.S. remains concerned about possible espionage on Huawei devices and will continue to oppose the use of Huawei technology in 5G networks.
“This change is really just a clarification, not a sign that we’re helping Huawei,” Ross said. All we do is make global standards more symmetrical. “
Ross added: “This helps ensure that 5G is everywhere. “
It is reported that the new rules are scheduled to be officially released on Thursday. If Huawei “contributes to the revision or development of 5G standards,” the new rules will allow the export of certain U.S. technology to Huawei and its affiliates.