US House panel probing security threat from Chinese companies
A US congress committee has launched an investigation into possible national security threats from Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, in a development that will be of interest to India, which has grappled with similar concerns.india Updated: Nov 20, 2011 22:58 IST
A US congress committee has launched an investigation into possible national security threats from Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, in a development that will be of interest to India, which has grappled with similar concerns.
This investigation is being conducted by the House permanent select committee on intelligence, and follows a White House review — by the National Security Council — of these threats and the government’s response to them.
India has had similar concerns and its intelligence agencies have frequently warned government departments against letting Chinese companies into sensitive sectors such as telecom and defence.Huawei is one of them.
“(We) have launched an investigation into the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the US, and the government’s response,” said committee chairman Mike Rogers.
Bill Plummer, vice-president at Huawei U, welcomed the investigation, saying it should be “open and fair”.
Huawei was earlier this year forced to end its purchase of a California company because lawmakers opposed it saying the acquisition could pose “a serious risk”.
ZTE, the other company named in the committee’s announcement, also welcomed it saying “a fair review will further demonstrate ZTE is a trustworthy and law-abiding partner” of US carriers.