Biden vows to protect U.S. telecoms network from security threats

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The white has announced that the Biden administration has vowed to safeguard American telecoms networks from “untrusted vendors” like Huawei that threaten national security.

The White House also offered some insight into its plans for China’s top telecoms equipment giant, long in Washington’s crosshairs.

Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Questions have swirled about how Democratic President Joe Biden, who took office earlier this month, will handle Huawei. The company has been accused by Washington of being capable of spying on customers, as well as intellectual property theft and sanctions violations.

Huawei has denied wrongdoing.

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

The remarks come after Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, Biden’s nominee to head the U.S. Commerce Department, raised red flags among China hardliners in Washington on Tuesday by refusing to commit to keeping Huawei Technologies on the U.S. economic blacklist overseen by the agency.

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