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White House vows to protect U.S. from Huawei

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The Biden White House hinted Wednesday as to how it will handle a longtime target of Washington, China's Huawei, saying it will safeguard America's telecom companies.

Press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to questions over how Biden will handle a company accused of being able to spy on customers:

"Telecommunications equipment made by untrusted vendors, including Huawei, is a threat to the security of the U.S. and our allies

Psaki added the U.S would work closely with allies to help secure and invest in their telecoms networks.

Huawei, China's top telecoms equipment company, declined to comment and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond.

On top of accusations its gear could be used for espionage, Washington has also alleged Huawei has stolen intellectual property and violated sanctions on Iran.

However, Huawei has denied any wrongdoing.

Biden's predecessor Donald Trump placed the company on a trade blacklist and led a global campaign to convince allies to exclude it from their networks.

However, Biden's nominee to the Commerce Department, Gina Raimondo, sent up red flags for China hardliners when she refused to commit to keeping Huawei on that blacklist.

Psaki did not mention the blacklisting on Wednesday.

Video Transcript

- The Biden White House hinted Wednesday as to how it will handle a long-time target of Washington, China's Huawei, saying it will safeguard America's telecom companies. Press Secretary Jen Psaki spoke to questions over how Biden will handle a company accused of being able to spy on customers.

JEN PSAKI: Telecommunications equipment made by untrusted vendors, including Huawei, is a threat to the security of the US and our allies.

- Psaki added the US would work closely with allies to help secure and invest in their telecoms networks. Huawei, China's top telecoms equipment company, declined to comment, and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond. On top of accusations its gear could be used for espionage, Washington has also alleged Huawei has stolen intellectual property and violated sanctions on Iran. However, Huawei has denied any wrongdoing.

Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, placed the company on a trade blacklist and led a global campaign to convince allies to exclude it from their networks. However, Biden's nominee to the Commerce Department, Gina Raimondo, sent up red flags for China hardliners when she refused to commit to keeping Huawei on that blacklist. Psaki did not mention the blacklisting on Wednesday.