planning major layoffs at its US research labs as it struggles under the weight of the Commerce Department blacklisting, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The embattled Chinese telecom's Futurewei R&D subsidiary employs about 850 people in Texas, California and Washington state.is
The layoffs may number in the hundreds, according to the Journal, which cited anonymous sources. A few people apparently already know that they'll be dismissed, but further cuts are expected and some Chinese workers are being allowed to continue with Huawei if they return home.
Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
in May by being added to the US "entity list" of groups deemed to be acting contrary to national security interests. That came after President Donald Trump essentially banning the company based on national security concerns that it maintained -- allegations the company has . This blacklisting stopped US companies from selling equipment to Huawei.
However, Trump trade talks between the US and China. Senior administration officials confirmed that companies will with Huawei if they get licenses and there's no threat to national security. Huawei bought $11 billion worth of US technology in 2018, the Journal noted.to ease those restrictions as he tried to revive
First published at 3:47 a.m. PT.
Updated at 4:25 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.