CRS report on U.S. measures to address Huawei-related issues

CRS report on U.S. measures to address Huawei

The U.S. Congressional Research Service* issued a report that outlines recent Huawei-related legal activities in the United States and examines the statutory authorities underlying each action.


*The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and members of Congress.

The United States over recent years embarked on a series of endeavors of using federal programs to support private competitors to Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in an effort to offer secure, alternative communications networks domestically and abroad. Some observers view the suite of legal actions involving Huawei as part of a broader effort to “decouple” the U.S. economy from certain aspects of China’s economy. Some stakeholders argue that these legal actions may have unintended consequences, such as denying low-cost technology to U.S. consumers, lost profits for U.S. companies barred from selling to Huawei, and the risk that technology companies might move operations overseas to avoid U.S. trade restrictions. Efforts to account for these considerations are ongoing and may continue in the 117th Congress and the Biden Administration.

The 36-page CRS report [PDF 1.36 MB] outlines recent Huawei-related legal activities and examines the statutory authorities underlying each action.

  • Early legal actions and congressional interest
  • Federal spending restrictions
  • Export restrictions
  • Executive orders
  • Supply chain protection initiatives
  • Federal Communications Commission’s actions
  • U.S. criminal prosecutions
  • Visa restrictions
  • Diplomacy and foreign aid
  • National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021

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