US grants Huawei 45-day extension from proposed ban
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<p><span style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127);"><img src="https://imedia-peoplesdaily.pdnews.cn/20200214/57bd62c8af7048a197ea32235bbbadfd.jpeg" title="" alt="Huawei.jpeg"/></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(127, 127, 127);">The Huawei logo is pictured at the IFA consumer tech fair in Berlin, Germany, Sept 6, 2019. (File photo: China Daily)</span></p><p>The U.S. Commerce Department announced on Thursday that it would grant Chinese telecoms giant Huawei another 45-day extension from a proposed ban on buying U.S. products and services to avoid adverse effects on U.S. companies and consumers.</p><p>The extension will "allow existing telecommunication providers – particularly those in rural U.S. communities – the ability to continue to temporarily and securely operate existing networks," the Commerce Department said in a statement.</p><p>This is the fourth time the Trump administration has extended the ban's deadline since May 2019. The last time was on November 19, which gave Huawei a 90-day reprieve. </p><p>The existing license was set to expire on February 16.</p><p>U.S. racketeering charge against Huawei</p><p>Earlier on the same day, U.S. prosecutors accused Huawei of stealing trade secrets and helping Iran track protesters in its latest indictment against the Chinese company.</p><p>In the indictment, Huawei was charged with conspiring to steal trade secrets from six U.S. technology companies and violating a racketeering law typically used to combat organized crime.</p><p>Huawei claimed in a statement that the U.S. Justice Department is trying to "irrevocably damage Huawei's reputation and its business for reasons related to competition rather than law enforcement."</p><p>It called the racketeering accusation "nothing more than a contrived repackaging of a handful of civil allegations that are almost 20 years old."</p><p>"The (U.S.) government will not prevail on its charges," said the statement, "which we will prove to be both unfounded and unfair."</p>