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Japan’s Sony and Kioxia are seeking US approval to supply Huawei – Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: A Huawei company logo is pictured at 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 US approval to continue supplying Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Nikkei reported Sunday.

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

With US-China ties at their worst in decades, Washington has pushed governments around the world to squeeze Huawei, claiming the telecom giant would pass data to the Chinese government for espionage.

Huawei is a major customer for Sony̵

7;s smartphone image sensors. Kioxia Holdings Corp is the world’s number 2 manufacturer of flash memory chips and a Huawei supplier.

The Nikkei here said that without US licenses, Sony and Kioxia would risk their earnings.

Kioxia warned that US limits on Huawei could trigger an oversupply of memory chips and lower prices. It recently shelved a plan for a multi-billion dollar listing as tensions between the US and China cloud the global chip market.

A Sony spokesperson said the company complies with all regulations, but was unable to comment on particular customers.

A spokesperson for Kioxia also declined to comment.

Reportage by Makiko Yamazaki, Ju-min Park; Editing by Dan Grebler

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