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Security agency sounds alarm bells over Huawei

business Updated: Apr 18, 2012 23:17 IST
Manoj Gairola

Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) has asked the department of telecommunications (DoT) to be cautious in its dealings with Chinese firm Huawei as it has links with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese ministry of state security.

The equipment provider has come under the radar of Indian intelligence agencies for posing threat to national security, following the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s decision to stop it from bidding for a $37-billion national optical broadband project.

“Huawei technologies is known to have links with the PLA and the ministry of state security of China,” RAW wrote in a recent note to the DoT.

It also pointed out that Chinese firms have launched an aggressive “Indianisation” drive to change their public perception in India. “Huawei Technologies recently decided to appoint an Indian as the chairman of the its wholly-owned subsidiary in India and has taken some Indians on board of directors.”

In its response, Huawei said it has been “collaborating and cooperating with the Indian government to ensure full compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.”

“Huawei remains firmly committed to being India’s partner in the growth and development of the telecom industry in India,” a Huawei India spokesperson said.