U.S. lawmakers ask Commerce Department to remove Huawei unit from blacklist

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A group of 14 Republican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday asked the U.S. Commerce Department to add former Huawei unit Honor Device Co to the government's economic blacklist.

The lawmakers said Honor was transferred to Huawei, which was added to the U.S. entity list in May 2019 and cited analysts as saying that selling Honor gave it access to the semiconductor chips and software it relied on and would have presumably been blocked had the divestiture not gone through. Commerce and Huawei did not immediately comment.

In November 2020 Huawei said it was selling its budget smartphone unit Honor to a consortium of more than 30 agents and dealers.