Seoul: Huawei has blamed the US for a global chip shortage as it called for cooperation with South Korea, Japan and Europe to form a new semiconductor supply chain.
The move came hours after US President Joe Biden urged more spending in the chipmaking sector to resolve the chip shortage and build up a stable supply chain.
A recent shortage of semiconductors has stalled production across manufacturing industries, especially in the auto sector.
Karl Song, Huawei’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, called for the lifting of US sanctions, which the Chinese network equipment maker claimed has led to the recent chip crisis.
Currently, the Chinese telecom equipment giant is being cut off from semiconductors made with US equipment, software and designs due to US sanctions over national security concerns.
“The current global chipset shortage is due to the sanctions (Huawei) faces and its impact on the companies that we cooperate with,” Song said in a press conference.
“We hope to cooperate with advanced semiconductor countries, such as South Korea, Japan and Europe, to form a global supply chain again,” he said.
Eric Xu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, said that US sanctions against the company have hurt the broader semiconductor industry as they have created supply uncertainties.
The US has long alleged that Huawei’s equipment is used to spy on foreign networks, a claim repeatedly rejected by the Chinese company.
The US sanctions have hurt the Chinese tech giant, which requires semiconductors for its telecom equipment and electronic devices.