Influential officials in the US government want to completely cut off the Chinese IT provider Huawei from supplies from American companies.

Several media report unanimously that both Intel and Qualcomm should no longer supply semiconductors to the Chinese group.

A final decision is apparently still pending.

Ex-President Donald Trump had Huawei placed on the Commerce Department's blacklist over fears that the company was a threat to national security.

Since then, American companies have had to apply for an exceptional license to do business with Huawei.

Such were approved in part because Huawei played an important role in bringing Internet to rural areas in the United States.

President Joe Biden, who has maintained Trump's firm stance, is under pressure from Republican lawmakers to crack down on China's business practices even more.

Cutting off technology in China would slow down progress

A complete ban on Huawei would be embedded in a strategy to slow China's technological advances by cutting off the country from Western cutting-edge technology.

Last Friday, representatives of America, Japan and the Netherlands agreed to no longer supply Chinese companies with certain machines used for the mass production of technologically sophisticated microchips.

The restriction hits the Dutch company ASML hard and with it the German technology partners Trumpf and Zeiss.

As early as December, the Ministry of Commerce had blacklisted dozens of Chinese companies: either because they were involved in the development of semiconductors for the Chinese military's artificial intelligence applications, helped modernize the Chinese army in general, supported Russian war efforts, or played a role in the oppression of Muslim minorities.

The reactions in China are very concerned

"China is gravely concerned by the latest reports," said a spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry.

She accused the US government of overextending the concept of national security and abusing its power to suppress Chinese competitors.

The US was striving for technological hegemony.

From the point of view of the American government, the complete ban on Huawei has been a problem so far because the market for the infrastructure of the modern Internet is dominated by a few providers, who also use a platform strategy to make the switch more difficult for their customers.

That's why the US government has been propagating ORAN as the new standard for some time.

ORAN stands for Open Radio Access Network, which aims to provide the necessary technology to connect users to the mobile network via radio waves.

This should enable customers to make themselves independent of large providers, who in turn deliver in tougher competition because switching should be much easier.

The US government is supporting the effort with more than $1.5 billion from the Chips Act.