In return, Beijing wants the U.S.to do away with new import taxes due to take effect December 15 on goods including smart-phones.
However, Ross remained optimistic a deal will be reached. He also said further phases of the deal would depend on things involving legislation on the part of China and an enforcement mechanism.
Ross's comments come as the USA government appears to getting closer to agreeing a deal with China to end their trade dispute. That timer will run out late this month.
In order to help alleviate this situation, the USA has planned for a little while to offer licenses up to companies, in order for U.S. firms to still export certain products to Huawei and others. They are now allowed to do business with American companies if they do not have a government license. China's government has signalled it will hit back over the blacklist, and the companies have denied wrongdoing.
The Huawei ban is mostly based on fears that the Chinese government might be using the company to spy on US users.
Licenses for the sale of components to Huawei Technologies Co. will be available to USA companies "soon".
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The year she's had anyone would dream of having once in their career", Stosur told AAP. "I just want to try to duplicate that". Osaka said she will have a detailed examination in Japan, and aims to make a return at the Brisbane International in January.
In May, Huawei, the world's largest telecoms equipment provider, was put under a USA blacklist citing national security concerns, effectively banning it from buying American-made parts without a special license, while U.S. companies were banned from selling to Huawei without carrying a special license. In July, Trump said the licensing process would be done in a "timely" fashion.
Like O'Brien, he sought to dispel suspicions that President Donald Trump's administration is disengaging with the region, a sentiment that deepened when Trump sent his adviser to the annual summit, skipping it for a second straight year in order to campaign.
Additionally, Ross also said that licenses for American companies to allow them to sell components to Huawei should be also coming "very shortly".
"We are very far along with Phase 1", Ross said of the trade talks.
"Recall as well, with Entity Lists, you will find a presumption of denial". He cautions that companies shouldn't assume that they will receive a permit, but he expects that "quite a few" will be approved.
Huawei, the world's biggest broadcast communications organization and a main cell phone brand, has become a pawn in the bigger US-China exchange war.