US removes Xiaomi from government blacklist

Trump administration, designated the firm as having ties to China’s military and placed it on US ban list


Reuters May 12, 2021
Attendants are silhouetted in front of Xiaomi's logo at a venue for the launch ceremony of Xiaomi's new smart phone Mi Max in Beijing, May 10, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

The US Department of Defense will remove China’s Xiaomi from a government blacklist, a court filing showed, clearing the way for any future American investment in the Beijing-based smartphone maker.

The filing stated that the two parties would agree to resolve their ongoing litigation without further contest, bringing to an end a brief and controversial spat between the hardware company and Washington.

A Xiaomi spokeswoman said the company is watching the latest developments closely, without elaborating. Shares in the company rocketed over 6% in Hong Kong as news of the decision spread.

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Department of Defense officials weren't immediately available for comment after US business hours.

Earlier this year the US Department of Defense, under the Trump administration, designated the firm as having ties to China’s military and placed it on a list that would restrict US investment in the company.

Seven other Chinese companies were also placed under similar restrictions.

Xiaomi went on the offensive by filing a lawsuit against the US government, calling its placement "unlawful and unconstitutional" and denying any ties to China's military.

In March, under the new Biden administration, a federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the blacklisting, citing the US government’s “deeply flawed” process for including it in the ban.

Soon after that victory, Reuters reported that other Chinese firms placed on the same blacklist were considering similar lawsuits.

Xiaomi was among the more high-profile Chinese technology companies that former President Donald Trump targeted for alleged ties to China's military in the waning days of his administration.

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Trump had made countering the rise of Beijing a centrepiece of his administration's economic and foreign policy.

Xiaomi's local smartphone rival Huawei was also put on an export blacklist in 2019 and barred from accessing critical technology of US origin, affecting its ability to design its own chips and source components from outside vendors.

The measures effectively crippled the company's smartphone division.

Later, the US Department of Defense placed similar restrictions on China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, a firm key to China’s national drive to boost its domestic chip sector.

 

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