Japanese Sony and Kioxia seek US approval to supply Huawei – Nikkei

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FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is pictured at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China July 22, 2019. REUTERS / Aly Song / File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Sony Corp and memory chip maker Kioxia Holdings Corp have sought approval from the United States to continue supplying Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Nikkei reported on Sunday.

If upheld, the move follows other tech companies such as Intel Corp that recently received licenses from US authorities.

As US-China relations are at their worst in decades, Washington has pushed governments around the world to oust Huawei, arguing that the telecommunications giant will transfer data to the Chinese government for espionage purposes.

Huawei is a major customer of Sony image sensors for smartphones. Kioxia Holdings Corp is the world’s second-largest manufacturer of flash memory chips and a supplier to Huawei.

Nikkei said here that without US licenses Sony and Kioxia would face a risk to their revenues.

Kioxia has warned that U.S. restrictions on Huawei could lead to an oversupply of memory chips and lower prices. It recently put a multibillion-dollar listing project on hold as US-China tensions darken the global chip market.

A Sony spokeswoman said the company complied with all regulations, but couldn’t comment on specific customers.

A spokesperson for Kioxia also declined to comment.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki, Ju-min Park; Edited by Dan Grebler

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