MUNICH, February 14 (Reuters). The U.S. wants to partner with the telecommunications industry to offer alternatives to Huawei Technologies in China, a senior White House official said on Friday.
Robert Blair, special representative of the White House for international telecommunications policy, said at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that a partnership is “very different from buying shares with taxpayers’ money”.
Attorney General William Barr previously suggested that the United States consider taking control of Huawei’s two major foreign rivals, although the White House later rejected the proposal.
Blair also said that the UK must “scrutinize” its decision to use Huawei devices that are officially a security risk in Washington, which the company denies. (Reporting by Andreas Rinke, letter from Jack Stubbs, editing by Paul Carrel)