United States (US) officials moved Friday to cut off Chinese tech giant Huawei from global chipmakers, ramping up sanctions on the company seen by Washington as a national security risk.
The Commerce Department said it was broadening its sanctions enforcement to include semiconductor designs that are developed using US software and technology.
Officials said Huawei had been circumventing sanctions by obtaining chips and components that are produced around the world based on US technology.
“This announcement cuts off Huawei’s efforts to undermine US export controls,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.
The department said it would “narrowly and strategically target Huawei’s acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology.”
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement that even as Huawei seeks to develop its own components in response to US sanctions, “that effort is still dependent on US technologies.”
The move is the latest aimed at Huawei, one of the world’s biggest tech and smartphone firms, which US officials say has been stealing American trade secrets and aiding Beijing’s espionage efforts.
Huawei has denied links to the Chinese government, and the sanctions have heightened US-China trade tensions.