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Huawei crackdown

Huawei turns to mobile chip rivals to beat US pressure

Chinese tech giant's position in global smartphone market at risk

Huawei is activating contingency plans to source chips from rivals MediaTek and UNISOC. (Nikkei montage/Getty Images/Reuters)

TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies is seeking help from rival mobile-chip makers to withstand a U.S. clampdown aimed at crippling the Chinese company, sources familiar with the matter told the Nikkei Asian Review.

Huawei is in talks with MediaTek, the world's second-largest mobile chip developer after Qualcomm of the U.S., and UNISOC, China's second-largest mobile chip designer after Huawei's HiSilicon Technologies unit, to buy more chips as alternatives to keep its consumer electronics business afloat, the sources said.

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