Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in what was widely seen as a retaliatory measure against Canada after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's December 2018 arrest in Vancouver.
The US Commerce Department and other agencies signed off on the rule change, which is awaiting publication in the Federal Register.
The ruling, which could further deteriorate relations between Ottawa and Beijing, elicited immediate strong reaction from China's embassy in Canada.
The US decision “violated basic norms of international relations" and "harmed China ’s interests,” said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman.
Feeling the pinch of rising Chinese tech, the Silicon Valley giants become political to stay in the game.
US Commerce Department has said that it was tightening sanctions on Huawei — seen by Washington as a security risk — to include denying it access to semiconductor designs developed using US software and technology.
The US Commerce Department said it was amending an export rule to "strategically target Huawei's acquisition of semiconductors that are the direct product of certain US software and technology."
The companies said Samsung will use Xilinx’s “Versal” computing chips, which will help with a technology called beamforming that lets 5G gear handle more wireless data than previous generations of networks.
Sources say the Trump administration agreed to new measures to restrict the global supply of chips to China’s Huawei Technologies
The new provisional license expires on May 15. Prior to the extension, the previous license was set to expire on April 1.
Shenzhen-based Huawei is at the centre of a spat between China and the US with the latter saying the company’s 5G technology could be used as a backdoor spy channel for Beijing.
New charges, including a federal racketeering allegation, add to an indictment unsealed in January 2019 that said Huawei stole trade secrets from US carrier T-Mobile. Huawei disputed the allegations, calling them “without merit."
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