SHANGHAI/NEW YORK: The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on Chinas Huawei to minimize disruption for its customers, a move the founder of the worlds largest telecoms equipment maker said meant little because it was already prepared for U.S. action.

The U.S. Commerce Department blocked Huawei Technologies from buying U.S. goods last week, a major escalation in the trade war between the worlds two top economies, saying the firm was involved in activities contrary to national security.

The two countries increased import tariffs on each others goods over the past two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump said China had reneged on earlier commitments made during months of negotiations.

On Monday, the Commerce Department granted Huawei a license to buy U.S. goods until Aug. 19 to maintain existing telecoms networks and provide software updates to Huawei smartphones, a move intended to give telecom operators that rely on Huawei time to make other arrangements.