The United States will allow US companies to work with Huawei to set standards for 5G networks

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The United States will change its legislation to allow US companies to work with Chinese group Huawei to set standards for 5G networks.

The Commerce Department and other agencies have approved the amendment, which is to be published in the Federal Register, the people said.

The Commerce Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A Huawei spokesman did not immediately comment on the information.

The amendment comes less than a year after the United States placed Huawei on a blacklist of Commerce Department entities that restrict sales of U.S. goods and technology to the Chinese company for reasons of national security.

Industry officials said the move should not be seen as a sign of US weakness over Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment.

They explained that the inclusion of Huawei in the list had the opposite effect in setting standards that allow companies to develop specifications for equipment manufactured by different companies to work together.

As US companies are no longer sure what technology or information they can share following Huawei’s blacklisting, some of them have not been involved in standards negotiations, giving Huawei a bigger say in somebody’s standards.

The amendment “will be a significant aid to American companies being able to maintain their leadership positions in groups that set international standards, without affecting the government’s Huawei targets,” said Washington commercial lawyer Kevin Wolf.

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