Published:  12:48 AM, 11 October 2019

US plans to allow some technology sales

US plans to allow some technology sales A man uses his smartphone outside of a shop selling Huawei products at a shopping mall in Beijing, May 29, this year. -AP

The Trump administration plans to issue licenses to US companies to supply "nonsensitive goods" to Chinese tech giant Huawei, The New York Times reported, in a move that might help to cool tensions ahead of trade talks. President Donald Trump gave approval last week to begin issuing licenses, the Times said Wednesday. It cited unidentified people familiar with the matter and gave no indication what technologies might be covered.

Sanctions announced in May require US vendors to obtain government permission for sales of processor chips and other technology to Huawei Technologies Ltd., one of the biggest makers of smartphones and network switching equipment. Huawei, China's first global technology brand, has said loss of access to American components and support for technology such as Google music, maps and other services threaten its smartphone sales.

American suppliers of processor chips and other technology say they stand to lose billions of dollars in revenue. The report comes as US and Chinese negotiators were due to meet Thursday in Washington for a 13th round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over Beijing's trade surplus and technology ambitions.

--AP, New York

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