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Association of tech professionals reverses policy on Huawei

Association of tech professionals reverses policy on Huawei

BEIJING (AP) — The world's largest association of technology professionals has reversed a decision that would have excluded employees of Chinese tech giant Huawei and its affiliates from some editorial and peer review activities.

The announcement by the IEEE followed a clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce that employees of Huawei and its affiliates can participate as peer reviewers and editors in the organization's publication process.

The U.S. has put Huawei on an "Entity List," effectively barring U.S. firms from selling it technology.

The IEEE, IEEE, pronounced "Eye-triple-E,"stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

It said all members, "regardless of employer," can participate in all of its activities.

It said an earlier, "more restrictive" stance, publicly condemned by Chinese experts, was meant to protect members from legal risk.