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Huawei floats buying chips from Samsung to fight US crackdown

Chinese tech giant faces sharply slowing sales amid coronavirus

Huawei has explored alternative suppliers in response to U.S. pressure on its high-tech supply chain.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies, the world's biggest telecom gear provider, has insisted it could buy chips from Samsung Electronics and other companies if the U.S. government tightens export controls as part of a further crackdown on the Chinese group.

"Even if the U.S. does take such measures, we could still buy chips from Samsung in South Korea, MediaTek in Taiwan and Spreadtrum within China's mainland. This is common industry practice," a Huawei spokesperson said on Tuesday.

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