Iran, Syria, North Korea, and Huawei?


A summary of today’s top news in Chinese politics and current affairs. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Cross toppler to head China’s police?"

The U.S. Treasury Department issued an administrative subpoena, undisclosed until reviewed (paywall) by the New York Times on April 26, to Chinese cellular technology giant Huawei in December last year. The Times notes that although the subpoena by itself does not indicate suspected criminality, “the widening inquiry puts Huawei in an awkward position at a moment when sanctions have taken on new import.” Perhaps, the paper said, “Huawei…[is] suspected of violating American embargoes that broadly restrict the export of American goods to countries like Iran and Syria.” The Treasury Department subpoena is the second one for Huawei from the U.S. government in 2016, as its Department of Commerce also looked into (paywall) Huawei’s connections with Iran and North Korea last summer.