WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration will work to safeguard American telecoms networks from “untrusted vendors” like Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that threaten national security, the White House said on Wednesday, offering some insight into its plans for China’s top telecoms equipment company, long in Washington’s crosshairs.
“Telecommunications equipment made by untrusted vendors, including Huawei, is a threat to the security of the U.S. and our allies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in a daily briefing.
“We’ll ensure that the American telecommunications network…do not use equipment from untrusted vendors and we’ll work with allies to secure their telecommunications networks and make investments to expand production of telecommunications equipment by trusted U.S. and allied companies,” she added.
Huawei declined to comment and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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