The joint venture between 3Com and Huawei Technologies is still pending approval from Chinese authorities, four months after it was announced. The absence of the approval means that the Hangzhou-based joint venture could be prevented from exporting products manufactured in China, Rockies Ma, the sales manager at 3Com Hong Kong, said. 'We had to submit various kinds of information to acquire the approval from Ministry of Information Industry and other government bodies. It takes some time for them to process,' he said. Yesterday 3Com announced it had received the necessary United States and British government export licences to develop and share its technologies developed in its joint venture with Huawei. The final government approval required for the joint venture is from China. The US-based networking firm said last month it would postpone its joint venture with Huawei for two months, partly due to the delay in approval from China. However, Mr Ma expressed confidence that a licence would be received shortly. 'The required Chinese government approvals are progressing as planned and feedback from various government ministries is favourable. We fully expect all the necessary approvals in line with our target operational date of autumn this year,' he said. The venture, headquartered in Hong Kong, will develop and sell products under a combined brand in China and Japan, and under the 3Com name in other markets.