US Probing Huawei's New Smartphone for Potential Export Violations, Official Says
The Commerce Department is looking into whether a Chinese-made chip powering Huawei's latest smartphone was made or acquired through means that violated U.S. export controls, an agency official said this week. “We are working to obtain more information on the character and composition of the purported 7nm chip” included in Huawei’s new Mate 60 Pro+ smartphone, the official said. The Chinese telecommunications company announced the new phone during Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s trip to China earlier this month.
“We are continually working to assess and, when appropriate, update our controls based on the dynamic threat environment and we will not hesitate to take appropriate action to protect U.S. national security,” the Commerce official said. The person added that export controls are “just one tool in the U.S. government’s toolbox to address the national security threats presented by” China.