The Biden administration promises that it will do everything to safeguard the American telecom networks from ‘untrusted vendors.’ Some of them include Huawei, which the US has claimed is a threat to national security since before Biden became president.
The announcement was made by the White House on Wednesday, offering the public and concerned industries insight into what the new administration plans for China’s leading telecom companies.
The Chinese companies have been targeted for a while now by Washington. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a daily briefing that telecom equipment made by untrusted vendors, including Huawei, is a threat to the US and its allies.
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The embattled Huawei
Huawei has not commented, and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for a statement on the matter. The question has been about how Joe Biden will deal with the Huawei issue since he took office earlier this January.
Washington accused the company of having spying capabilities that could access Americans’ private data. There were claims of intellectual property theft and violating sanctions.
Huawei has maintained its innocence on these matters. Former President Donald Trump put the company on a trade blacklist while leading a global campaign to get US allies to exclude it from 5G rollouts.
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Strong arming the administration
The remarks came after the Rhode Island Governor, Gina Raimondo, Biden’s nominee to head the US Commerce Department, raised some flags in Washington, where Chinese hardliners were concerned about her refusal to commit to keeping Huawei on the US’s economic blacklist, which the agency oversees.
Republican Congressman Michael McCaul is one such hardliner. He called on the Senate on Wednesday to freeze the Raimondo nomination until Biden gave a clear answer about whether he was keeping Huawei on the blacklist or not.