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12:00 AM, April 13, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:16 AM, April 13, 2021

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After sanctions, Huawei turning to businesses less reliant on high-end US tech

Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies will invest more in businesses that are less reliant on advanced process techniques, it said on Monday, citing US sanctions that have reduced its access to high-end semiconductors.

Huawei's rotating chairman, Eric Xu, also said the company has "no expectation" of being removed from the US Entity List, which has been used to limit the flow of US technology and products to Huawei and others, under the administration of US President Joe Biden.

Speaking to analysts, Xu said that the company would invest more in components for self-driving vehicles, with investment in its intelligent driving business exceeding $1 billion this year.

He also said that Huawei's global rollout of 5G telecoms networks has "exceeded expectations".

Huawei was put on an export blacklist by former US President Donald Trump 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.

Xu told a briefing that this year the company can focus on forming a clear strategy after last year's sanctions impact, which he said led some Chinese companies to stockpile three to six months of semiconductors and was the main cause of a global chip shortage.

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