American companies may continue to do business with the Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei for longer. The company is formally blacklisted, but a temporary license has been renewed for ninety days on Monday.

The United States blacklisted Huawei on 15 May. As a result, it is forbidden for American companies to do business with the Chinese manufacturer. A week later the government announced that the sanctions will be temporarily relieved for the first time.

A temporary license makes it possible for Huawei to purchase certain American products. In this way the company can maintain its network equipment, among other things. Besides being a smartphone maker, Huawei is the global market leader when it comes to equipment for telecom networks.

Huawei has been blacklisted because the US suspects the company of facilitating espionage on behalf of the Chinese government. There is no public evidence for this. Huawei denies being a Beijing pawn.

As a result of the espionage allegations, the rollout of 5G networks is under a magnifying glass, including in the Netherlands. The government has decided that suppliers must meet stricter requirements with both their existing and new network equipment.